I am a student at San Diego State University with the major of English (in preparation for the English single-subject teaching credential). I am a dedicated, hard-working person who enjoys spending time with students. My career goal is to become a teacher after all! I enjoy discussing subject matter and helping others achieve their goals. I want to help students understand course material in a way that can be applied to other areas and want to make learning enjoyable and exciting.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: San Diego State University - Current Undergrad, English in Preparation for the Teaching Credential
ACT Composite: 30
ACT English: 33
ACT Math: 26
ACT Reading: 34
ACT Science: 28
SAT Composite: 1840
SAT Math: 590
SAT Verbal: 640
SAT Writing: 610
Reading, volunteering, hiking, knitting scarfs (on a loom) etc.
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Q & A
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students must first be driven and willing to learn. Then I play the role of support and mentoring - addressing the gap between goals and current standing. My purpose is to find where the student is at and where they want to be, and then give the student the assistance they need to get to where they want to be.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will reemphasize what goals they decided for themselves, and remind them that if they lose motivation, they will not be able to achieve those goals. I will support them by finding out the reason they lose motivation and provide reasoning as to why they should not lose motivation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would review the concept, and work with the student to find where the problem lies. Then we as a team will address it and review it until the concept is understandable to the student. We will then practice it until the concept is reinforced.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would assist students with understanding what the question is asking of them first. Then I would help students find out where in the text they could find the answers. I would provide terms or phrases that students should look for, as well as what is not being asked.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is to help students achieve the goals they set for themselves. Whether it is to get an A on an upcoming exam or to get an A in the class, my goal is to provide a tutoring experience that will help the student accomplish what they decide. There is a difference between information and knowledge, and I want to be a tutor who helps students seek applicable knowledge.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'd first get to know the student and his or her goals. I would like to find out what she or he expects from me as a tutor, and from her or himself. We would figure out the steps we need to take to reach that goal, and establish how far along the path he or she already is.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find it best to figure out where the student stands. I want to know what the student's goal is for the session, whether it is to edit an essay, to prepare for an upcoming exam, or whatever the purpose may be. I also want to know what the student expects of me as a tutor, and I will work on my end to meet that expectation so that I can help the student achieve his or her goal.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would remind that student of his or her goals for the subject that we had previously discussed. I would make sure the student is proud of what she or he has already accomplished and will make sure he or she knows that he or she has the ability and support needed for success. With young children, I would use a reward system like a sticker sheet or prizes once small goals are achieved. With older students, I would remind him or her of his or her goals for the future and explain why effort is needed to accomplish them.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would continually ask for feedback. I could do this through example questions and ask for the answer. I could also leave room for questions and take the time to answer them. I will encourage the student to actively seek knowledge. I can give information, but I will work with the student to ensure that he or she will be able to apply it to the rest of his or her work.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I believe the best way to build confidence is through positive experience. If a student begins to answer successive questions correctly, he or she will be able to believe in him or herself. She or he will see that she or he understands the material. I will be encouraging and proud of the student as he or she improves.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would discuss needs with the students. From the beginning, I would discuss what the student wants to accomplish for that session, and meet them halfway. Whether it is to edit and proofread an essay, or whether to understand a specific passage assigned for homework, the student should voice what he or she wants to accomplish. Then we can work on it together.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each student has individual strengths and weaknesses. We will explore both together, and will spend the most time on the weaknesses. Whether it is struggling with a specific type of question or using weak verbs, I will provide resources and guidance to overcome weaknesses.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Depending on the kind of session, I would bring different resources. If the goal is to edit papers, I would bring different colored pens as well as papers with strong verbs and grammar charts. If the goal is to understand a reading, I would bring a list of terms and their meanings to look for.