I am a current graduate student working toward my Master's degree in Library and Information Studies. I received my Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2014. I have five years of experience in tutoring students of all ages in English, writing, and reading. I have a lifelong love of learning, and I hope to help my students not only learn but enjoy the process.
UCSB - Bachelors, English
SJSU - Current Grad Student, Library and Information Studies
ACCUPLACER ESL Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
CLEP American Literature
CLEP English Literature
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
OAT Reading Comprehension
PCAT Reading Comprehension
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would like to discuss with a student what they consider to be their strengths and weaknesses in the subject. After this, we would engage in some practice so I can assess which areas will be most important to focus on, and together we can begin to determine a study plan.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is important to teach students how to do things on their own. Rather than simply showing a student how to complete an activity or answer a question, I will guide them toward answering it themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is one of the most difficult things when it comes to studying and improving academic skills, and as a tutor I recognize this. It is important to set goals for students to work toward, and give them positive praise when they make progress.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in catering to each student's individual learning style in order to best facilitate motivated learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would walk them through practice questions, model the concepts, and encourage them to practice the foundational concepts that build up to the concept that is difficult for them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would encourage them to practice active reading and to read more in general, since more reading will help lead to better reading. I would also teach them techniques for how to answer reading comprehension questions, such as scanning the text for clues.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When first working with a student, it is important to determine not only their level (in reading, writing, or whatever else they need help with) but to determine their learning style. Does this student learn best by example, or by going straight into the activities? Do they understand explanations better when they are verbal or visual? Everyone is different and has their own best learning methods.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
In the case of reading and writing, a struggling student may have even more trouble with a topic they find boring. It is important to engage a student with books that are interesting to them, about topics they enjoy, and with writing prompts about subjects they feel passionate about.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
There are a few techniques to be sure that a student understands the material, and the most effective one depends on the student. For some, it can be effective to simply ask them to explain it to you. I might ask a student "what is the difference between concrete and abstract nouns?" If they are unable to answer, I know that they need a better explanation and probably more examples. Some students do not respond well to this technique, and it is more effective to see how they perform on practice questions or essays.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
When a student feels that they are behind their peers in a subject, it is very hard for them to feel confident. It's important to praise small improvements and accomplishments, and let the student know how much they have improved. Even a better understanding of a subject can be worth praise, letting the student know that their hard work has been paying off and that they should feel proud.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
You must first assess a student's knowledge or skill level at the beginning in order to determine what they need to improve on, and their learning style in order to determine how best to help them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Depending on a student's age, personality, and learning style, I will adjust my tone and technique. I may push harder with students who need it, and be more gentle with those who are younger or more sensitive. I will teach through visual examples or verbal examples depending on which the student handles best.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The main materials to use during a tutoring session are the student's schoolwork and homework. Whatever they are working on and need help with is the most important material. I will also have example essays, practice questions, prompts, explanatory papers, and other materials depending on what subject the student needs help with.