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Andrea

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My experience with tutoring has very personally rewarding. I enjoy working with people of varied educational, cultural and economic backgrounds. I have a keen interest in nurturing a person academically using a gentle and kind approach to learning. As a certified life coach, I have knowledge and experience in facilitating the growth of an individual through the learning process and identifying strengths and also potential and actual roadblocks my students may be experiencing during the learning process.

Andrea’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Rivier College - Current Undergrad, Liberal Studies

Undergraduate Degree: American Public University System - Current Undergrad Student, Mathematics

Hobbies

Spirituality, Health and Wellness, Cooking, Guitar Playing and Singing, Live Theatre/Music, Personal Growth, Lifelong Learning, Arts and Crafts (Specifically - painting with watercolors, salt dough sculpture, mixed media collages, bead weaving, yarn weaving, crewel embroidery), and home decorating.

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

Adult Literacy

College English

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

High School English

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Working with an individual's strengths is key in my philosophy of learning. Different styles of learning may be used once a student's preference is briefly assessed and established.

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

I would typically get to know their interests, goals, and desired outcomes in the tutoring process, and how I can best assist them to achieve their individual goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Figure out ways for the student to make learning fun and how to create internal dialogues that facilitate their desired learning outcomes.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

A brief analysis of where their potential pitfalls/habits may be hindering their success, and make a plan of action to overcome those weak areas by incorporating their actual strengths.

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

Troubleshoot. Also, researching different approaches to teaching a skill or concept and assessing their preferences in learning has proven beneficial.

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

There is no "one size fits all" solution. Every person is unique. I would ask questions and use my keen insight and intuition and gift for teaching to determine the best approach for the student on a case by case basis.

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

Just shoot the breeze for a while to develop trust and mutual understanding.

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

Identifying features and benefits, plus how a subject may personally enrich the student's life, is helpful.

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

Starting small, inch by inch, it's a cinch! Giving mostly positive feedback, with constructive criticism in only small doses.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Questions, questions, questions...

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

By actively listening to the student's needs and also by observing their non-verbal signals.