After teaching college for eight years and moving to the corporate world, I want to use my experience to help others improve their skills and understanding of English, Speaking, Business and Government.
During my spare time, I can be found at a Royals game, reading, exploring the Nelson or at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: William Jewell College - Bachelors, Communications
Graduate Degree: Texas Tech University - Masters, Communications
GRE Analytical Writing: 5.5
Sports, reading, museums, travel, trips to the lake, trying new foods
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
While I believe in an element of lecture, I much prefer discussion and working through tangible issues together - whether a real-life scenario, essays, or personal outlook. I believe in application of materials, and not regurgitation.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Begin with a review of previous materials and goals of the student. Then, work through materials, answer questions, and discuss.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By emphasizing application. Instead of having a student just repeat what I say, I want a student to show that they understand.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe in positive reinforcement with constructive feedback. I rely on tangible examples of how the student is improving.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would not try to move past to the next area, but stay focused on the skill and try a variety of different problem-solving techniques.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By relating the material the student is struggling with to other words and scenarios.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Building a relationship with the student. Finding out hobbies, interests, and future goals allows me to relate material to the student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relating material back to the student's own life and experiences to show how it applies, and it is not just a vague concept.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Essays, real-world situation materials, and creative application assignments.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Showing the student the improvement the student has made with concrete examples.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Beginning with an open conversation with the student that asks this very question, and adapt as we continue.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I have a wide-range of teaching techniques from lectures to discussion to evaluation.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Books (typically not standard textbooks), videos, and websites.