I graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor's in Psychology, after which i attended California State University, Long Beach to obtain my Masters degree in counseling. Throughout my graduate career, I have tutored students on a variety of subjects specializing in English, Writing, Study Skills, and Time Management Skills. I tutor a variety of subjects in addition to those. I have worked with students on academic probation and have seen success in getting them interested in the material they are learning. I really enjoy working with students and helping them better themselves in order to reach their educational and life goals. In my free time I like to play the guitar, read, go for a hike, or work on my computer. I believe anyone can learn and be successful with the right tools available to them!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Oregon State University - Bachelors, Psychology
Graduate Degree: California State University-Long Beach - Masters, Counseling
Surfing, guitar, PC games
College Application Essays
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Give the students the tools they need to be successful when I'm not around.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will usually try to see where they are at with their class and what they feel they need to work on, and then I would start formulating strategies to meet the goals they have and the goals the teachers have for them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I have experience teaching college students about effective time management and study skill techniques, and I know I can help you find a way to study that fits your learning style.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By staying interested. I know it is tough trying to learn material while you are bored, so finding ways to keep you interested in the material is my goal.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would work to get to the root of the issue and continue from there. Patience is important in explaining something that someone is having a hard time understanding, and I would try to break the concept or skill down in a different way to hopefully let you see the problem from another angle.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Summarizing as you read and creating an outline of the reading as you see it is helpful in strengthening reading comprehension skills. I would help students by asking questions about the material afterwards to see how much information they have retained, and then work to help them read the literature part by part, focusing on understanding what is being written as they go.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know them and what kind of person they are in the classroom. How do they study? How do they spend their time? Working to improve study skills and time management techniques when first working with a student sets a good foundation for later sessions.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to help them relate to the material. I would try to assess how they might feel about what they are learning, what parts interest them, and why they think it is boring. From there, finding their personal motivation to be successful is important as well.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student has a different personality and learning style. I would adapt what tools I use in their tutoring as well as the learning strategies I use to help them learn the material to fit their needs. Making sure I know what those needs are is important and that is usually something I go over with the student prior to or during the first session.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The Internet has many great websites and resources for a variety of tutoring needs, but it can be hard to find reliable sources or information for the subject you are studying. In addition to resources offered through varsity tutors, I would also use the actual material the student is working with. Teachers assign those materials for a reason, and getting the most out of them is something I have gotten good at doing through my time in college.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Test and retest. See where they are at before we go over the material, and see where they are at afterward. That will form the basis of the conversation I have with the student to help them reflect on their weak areas and their strong points. The student might be surprised at what they don't know or what they do understand, and working with them to identify the real problems is something I would do.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I give them the tools they need to do it themselves, for the most part. Showing them that they CAN learn the material, that they CAN grasp concepts that they might not have been able to before goes a long way in helping them build confidence. Talking to the student and asking them what they feel the most unsure about would help me identify what areas they think they need to work on, and showing them that they can be successful at it would be my main goal.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
The student's needs sometimes become apparent within the first few sessions, as I evaluate how they learn and what concepts they struggle with. With that information, I can start to see what they need to be successful and through talking to the student about their own experiences with the subject they need tutoring in, I can effectively evaluate their needs.