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Megan

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I have a passion for teaching! I'd love to help you excel in your chosen subject by using interpersonal, kind, patient, and humorous forms of teaching! No pressure! We'll get through this together! I want you to love learning as much as I do!

I have an AA in Liberal Arts, a BA in English Literature and Grammar, and completed all of an English MA save for one class due to a family tragedy,

I've been a freelance writer for over ten years and taught at an online university for two years,

Megan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Jacksonville State University - Bachelors, English

Hobbies

Languages, Linguistics, Culture, World, Alphabets, Literature, Writing, Reading, Teaching, Learning

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

College English

English

English Grammar and Syntax

German

German 1

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Languages

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

To be patient, kind, interpersonal, compassionate, enthusiastic, determined, and focused on YOU.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Get to know you, find out your needs, and address how we can set up a learning strategy with fits YOU best.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By nurturing them, first of all. You must understand how they learn and what makes education come alive for them, and then nurture that. It is a tragedy to turn a student off of a lifetime of education.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Encouragement is always key. And, you need to know how much information is too much. Your brain literally will push out old information to accommodate more information if it's coming in too fast. When you're feeling a headache coming on, that's a strong indicator your brain is putting on the brakes.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I'd do whatever it took. I could keep breaking it down into the simplest concept I could, I could relate it to something in their culture, I could use a concrete or abstract example, I could use more and more homework type questions, and I would definitely keep asking along the way what part of the concept they are having a hard time with, and we would address it together step by step.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

There are little hacks for comprehension. Languages are patterns. If you don't know part of the pattern, or one word, you can gather the meaning by context and make a guess as to what the missing pattern piece is after you've looked at the pattern as a whole message.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

First of all, you need a good interpersonal dialogue. You need trust, and you need to assure the student that everyone begins somewhere and no questions are stupid. You can't be blamed nor shamed for what you don't know.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

You relate it to something the student already likes. All things are interconnected. There will be overlaps in subjects. One thing a student may enjoy in one subject will always reappear in another subject. It will only have a different name.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

When the student is able to repeat a part of the material-- for example, to begin to sound out part of a word-- then we know we are on our way. It does not matter how slow we progress, as long as we don't stop. When the student can repeat something, this is excellent, but the student must not just repeat it but explain it in his or her own way. Once that is done, I know they have grasped it.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Well, it's like anything else. You use empathy because we've all been beginners at some point, and you keep encouraging each step forward. It's normal to forget. Even after years of using German, I blank on words. I am a native English speaker, and I also often forget words and have to downgrade to whatever word I can think of at the time. It's natural to move a bit forward, but to also have mistakes. The key is to not reprimand the student. Make it fun. Make a joke about how easily we forget things, remind the student gently, and move on. Otherwise, you will create a bad association for them with the subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

That's simple. I listen to what the student tells me, and then I listen to what the student doesn't tell me. The student will address his or her main concerns, but other areas may come apparent to me when we begin to work. If so, we will address that in a gentle way, too.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I teach a student, not as I was taught to teach, but as they need to be taught. I was one of the people who traditional teaching methods did not always work for, so I often had to make my own way, and it was often a hard way. I want to save my students this and realize they are individuals with different backgrounds and needs.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Anything that helps the student learn in his or her own way. Icebreakers, jokes, pictures, writing, fill in the blanks, questions, minimization of huge issues, gentle reassurance, and outside sources. I also can write lesson plans, of course, or tailor specific assignments to the student. I will tailor my efforts to a student's needs and requests.