I believe that learning is an active and collaborative process. I approach tutoring as a process of inquiry, not like a lecture. I specialize in breaking down concepts and helping students understand "why" rather than simply memorizing the material. I will work with your child to formulate a plan that works for them and their unique learning style and needs. I know first-hand that learning is not one-size fits all, and I have experience teaching students of many different educational and linguistic backgrounds and learning styles. The student always comes first, and I am constantly incorporating feedback to improve and custom-fit my lessons to best suit each individual student. I love teaching, and over the years it has given me great joy to offer each student practical recommendations and solutions to build confidence while improving skills and knowledge.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Florida Atlantic University - Bachelors, Criminal Justice
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The goal of my teaching, and center of my teaching philosophy, is active learning. One of my ultimate objectives in teaching is to facilitate learning by helping students to gain the necessary skills to take control of and become active participants in their own learning. I truly believe that knowledge gained through active participation is knowledge that will stay with an individual. Thus, my approach to teaching reflects this philosophy and I have developed and use many techniques that are designed to engage students in their own learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A lot of tutoring is about rapport, and first-impressions are key. I need to make sure I am someone your child feels comfortable talking to. I will ask about life at school, about interests, about TV shows, anything. I will add wry commentary -- never goofy distraction, but the kind of humor that lets the student know that I am listening and thinking about the things that interest them. I want to laugh with them and laugh at myself in the first fifteen minutes.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Modeling behavior is integral to independent learning. For example, I will encourage my students to model my behavior by showing them how categorizing information can make it easier to remember.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Praise is very useful in keeping students motivated. There is no other form of motivation that works quite as well as encouragement. Even as adults, we crave recognition and praise, and students at any age are no exception. Teachers can give students a bounty of motivation by rewarding success publicly, giving praise for a job well done, and sharing exemplary work.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Repetition is key when a student has a problem learning a new skill.