I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Christian University in 2010. While in college I made the Dean's list every semester and was heavily involved in extracurricular activities. My studies led me to travel abroad studying in both London and Paris. While I majored in the fine arts I took other classes that supplemented my learning and also peaked my interests.
My tutoring experience started as my younger brothers entered high school. I was midway through my college degree at this point and my mother offered me spare time employment to help teach my two little brothers. The first classes I tutored were English and literature. My brother's grades begin to climb but more importantly they begin to understand how to study, how to take notes in class and in general how to become more independent in their studies. Word travels fast in my home town and I was soon approached by several of my brother's friends for my services. Before I knew it, I was tutoring my brother's entire basketball team not to mention a handful of other students. This pattern continued throughout many of my students community college days and even a few now at major universities.
As my client list grew so did the subjects I was teaching. I started teaching mainly English and literature but soon found myself tutoring creative writing, philosophy, political science and even public speaking. While each subject requires a different skill set my philosophy and goal always remains the same. We want to move from tutoring sessions to independency in one's studies. Getting "the right answer" is not even half the battle. The true battle is being able to actually learn the concepts presented and learning new ways to study for greater scholastic success. My goal will always be to help the student find a ongoing solution rather than a bandaid to their study woes and struggles.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Texas Christian University - Bachelors, Fine Arts
Movies, Game of Thrones, college football. NFL and fantasy football, creative writing, photography, fitness, filmmaking, theatre, Shakespeare, my dogs (poodles to be exact), my girlfriend's cat (sometimes nicer than her ;)), Disneyland, travel
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The goal in any session should not be to simply help the student with a single problem, but to rather lead the student to a method of studying that will lead to ongoing success and independence in their school work. Tutors should serve as a mentor and guide, helping a student arrive to their own insights and conclusions.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is time to get to work. Quickly, it is important for the student and the tutor to both identify goals in the given subject. It is wise to have a path semester long, but also session long, so there is a guide to the session and a goal to strive for as an end result. This will result in more efficient and effective sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Knowing how to do something is more than half the battle when it comes to schoolwork. Studying practices should be covered with each subject. Because everyone is different, it is important to identify which practice techniques work for each student. Knowing what type of learner a student is will help guide us to find an effective way for each student to find independence in their schoolwork.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Our schoolwork is just a small part of our journey in life. The work we do in high school or college will help set us up for success for the rest of our life. When tackling a difficult subject, we must remember this. While a subject may not seem worth the study time in the moment, we must remember these lessons will have future effects on our placement in society.