I'm a graduate of the University of the Pacific and when I'm not working in public relations and politics, I tutor part time. I got my B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, but also did several years of collegiate speech and debate - so public speaking, writing, and research are definitely my specialist areas. I'm not here to lecture you - I'm here to help you figure out the answer to whatever your issue is on your own.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of the Pacific - Bachelors, Political Science & Minor in Sociology
CLEP English Literature
College Application Essays
College Political Science
High School English
High School Political Science
High School Writing
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is one that is based around conversationalist-style teaching. I like to have discussions, not lectures.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I want to know about you! What's going on in your life? Why are you having trouble in this subject? What subjects do you like more? What do YOU think you need more improvement on?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
At the end of every session, I like to teach students to explain the concept they've learned as if they were telling it to a five-year-old. Having this attitude allows students to visualize themselves as independent learners AND teachers.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Encouragement! Everybody messes something up in life, and it's totally normal to not be perfect in every subject. Also, frequent breaks to review or chat about the subject more broadly help people feel like they're making progress.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Take a breather and STEP BACK from the situation. I find that when you talk about the subject more broadly and then return to a particular problem, it's effective and helpful for students to not get too frustrated.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Break it down sentence-by-sentence, and then look at the paragraph more broadly. If you can summarize what is happening in every paragraph, you can summarize what is happening in the rest of the piece.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I work with students like I work with anybody else in the world. We're just having a conversation about the subject! I'm not here to lecture you. Having a casual and fun attitude helps students not get too stressed.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Easy - explain to them how and why it's important. I find that people don't want to engage if they don't find the information relevant to their lives.