I am a recent college graduate with a degree in international relations from American University. I specialize in teaching about politics, history, geography, and first and second year French and Spanish. I have been interested in these subjects from a young age and have experience working with students as a teaching assistant and from service trips. I am comfortable working with students of all ages.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: American University - Bachelors, International Relations
Elementary School Writing
High School Level American History
High School Political Science
High School World History
High School Writing
Latin America History
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in taking a flexible approach and seeing what works best for the student. I am also a firm believer in interactive learning and tying the subject to areas of interest to the student to help motivate them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By finding out what interests them and tying the subject to their area of interest. Also by making it hands-on and engaging. That will help to motivate them to learn on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would find new ways to bring the subject to life for them and try a new approach if the old one isn't working. But hopefully, if I can help them do better in the subject, that will help keep them motivated as well.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would devote more time to focusing on that particular skill and find creative ways to help them improve.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to tie it to things they are interested in and make it more interactive and hands-on.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would give short practice assessments to make sure they can understand it without me helping them.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By simplifying it and showing them this is something they can do.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would talk to them first and see what they feel they need and have them explain their difficulty. I would also give them a few short practice assessments.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I like to be flexible and get to know the students and figure out what works for them. Sometimes I can tell just by getting a feel for what type of person they are, but sometimes it may require some trial and error.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would spend a few minutes getting to know them first, finding out their goals and what they are having trouble with. I would also give a few short practice assessments to better understand their strengths and weaknesses. I would then work with them to come up with a long-term study plan.