I wish to become a tutor with Varsity Tutors in order to aid students in their educational and professional growth and accomplishment of their goals, both in class and in their future workplace. In order to do this I will make myself available to as many students as I can, online and in person.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Boise State University - Bachelors, English Composition
Hiking, biking, and playing with my doggie!
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching is learning! Staying open-minded in your own growth is always important. Teach with energy, warmth, and generosity.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to get to know them more, such as learning about their dreams and their desires, so I can better aid them in achieving their goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will check for a student's understanding of a particular concept before moving on to another to ensure they can continue working with this concept on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Taking mini-breaks helps the brain function more properly, and allows it to store memories faster and more efficiently. Positive encouragement is another plus, and showing a student that they have support can be the biggest help of all.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Use a different learning method! Kinesthetic might work, which would allow the student to learn through tactile movement.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I practice fluency. Fluency is a big part of reading comprehension, and if you can demonstrate how to read then understanding the reading will come soon after.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being open-minded to their thoughts in order to better understand how their brain processes concepts.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would find some multi-modal way to present the information; perhaps through a game of Jeopardy or a fun video.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I check for understanding by having the student do a free writing exercise, explaining how they grasp the concept. An oral explanation can also be helpful.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I begin with somewhat easier questions that the student can work through to gain confidence, then move into more challenging concepts where the student will learn to work hard for an answer. This helps them earn them even more self-efficacy.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Ask lots of questions! Active listening is a skill that allows you to figure out the real concerns of a student instead of focusing solely on what they "say." Often what a student says is their problem is not the real problem.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am very flexible and open to learning new tutoring strategies with every student I will work with. I plan to learn just as much about tutoring as my students who seek my attention.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I love YouTube for fun and educational videos. I also use a lot of paper and pencils in order to get students to practice the physical act of writing. Some of my favorite materials are anthologies of great literature.