No one deserves to fall behind! Learning can be a struggle, but it can also be fun! I hope to provide a fun and safe learning environment for every student of mine!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Reading Area Community College - Current Undergrad, Addiction Studies and Human Services
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to tell, show, and allow. First I will tell a student why they need to solve a problem, and then I will show them how to solve it. Lastly, I will allow them to try to solve it on their own. There's always hope!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would have us play a fun game to get to know each other and introduce ourselves, and then we can talk about the areas that they are struggling in and where they excel!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I hope to be able to provide the student answers to their questions, and teach them resources for figuring out problems on their own! Organization and planning are the key!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like to give out rewards when they're successful!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would have us start from scratch; I would have us put our heads together and come up with a way to help them remember and understand together!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I like to slow things down and take the page one sentence at a time. I make sure to check comprehension by pausing every few paragraphs to have the student put it in their own words.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Games and movement! Songs and rhymes can help memory, and movement helps oxygen flow through the brain and keep it working!
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would find out what is causing the aversion and try to help solve it. Usually once a student figures out the first step to something the other steps start falling into place, and they get more engaged the more they understand.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to keep bits and pieces of everything I do in a session handy so that at the end I can do a review. At the beginning of a session, I will touch on what was taught the previous day.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By explaining it to them in different ways, and then by having them teach it back to me. Giving practice problems always helps.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By talking, talking, and more talking! Usually students are very open about their needs and what they want to get out of their tutoring. Observation plays a heavy factor!
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By changing my methods up as the time goes. Utilizing different teaching techniques will usually prove which one suits the student's personal needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like using notecards, a guitar and music, rhymes, and hands-on activities.