Hello. Education has always been an important part of my life. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Hearing Science and Master's Degree in Gerontology and Long Term Care Administration. I believe that everyone may learn differently, but certainly has the potential to succeed. I look forward to the opportunity to get to know students and assist them in achieving their educational goals! I possess a relaxed, creative, multi-dimensional teaching approach.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Ohio State University - Bachelors, Speech and Hearing Science
Graduate Degree: Miami University-Oxford - Masters, Gerontology
Reading, Arts and Crafts, My dog, Volunteering, Animal rescue and fostering
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe everyone has an innate ability to learn. However, not everyone learns the same way. My philosophy is get to know the student and establish a baseline of their ability in any given subject, both strengths and areas needing improvement. Building confidence by building on strengths can then be applied to any area. Creating an overall environment of learning, and learning and study skills that can be applied to any subject or field.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself, tell the student a little about my own school history, successes and challenges, and then get to know them. I would hope to identify their areas of struggle, why they think they struggle in those areas (confidence, curriculum, etc.), and establish a game plan for moving forward toward success!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Using modeling behavior at first and over time, allows the student to show me how a task should be completed - only interjecting when asked for assistance or I see an area I can greatly assist. Over time, the student will utilize their own critical thinking and problem-solving skills to learn independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive reinforcement. Also, allow success to breed more success and intrinsic motivation to continue. In the times that a student does not seem interested or to be 'getting' it, I am very open to modifying my approach or utilizing a bit of experiential education to teach a concept.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Break it down into smaller, manageable parts. Identify what the student is able to do well, work on the areas needing help, and then put the concept or skill back together with the new knowledge/ability.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
A conversation about what was read. I would read along with the student and then talk with them about what they thought they read. Furthermore, I would identify vocabulary or concepts that may be blocking an overall understanding of the reading material.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Establishing a rapport. Allowing the student to know I am open to discuss the coursework and any other obstacles they believe contribute to their trouble with learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
If possible, make it an experiential opportunity. Apply the concepts/lessons to something that does excite them to keep interest. For example, working with measurements, possibly bake brownies and experience how the science works together to create a product.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask them to start with how they think they should proceed. Offer techniques for improvement. Then ask for the student to model the work for me. Practice, practice, practice!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement, not only when an answer is correct, but when progress is being made.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Observation, conversation/self-reporting from the student, and if possible, input from parents or instructors.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Going back to establishing a rapport. Is the student a better learner visually, through hearing the information, etc.?
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Depending on the subject matter, I may bring additional resources rather than the text. For example, a thesaurus, other books on the same topic and/or items that would help facilitate the concept or point trying to be learned. Also, if I am familiar with the student and their style of learning, I may develop worksheets to use during our session.