I aim to teach in a clear and concise way. Interaction and communication are key to my teaching methods. I enjoy helping others understand things they may be confused about, so tutoring comes easy to me. Along with being a tutor, I am a writer and graduate of Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Columbus State University - Current Undergrad, English
SAT Verbal: 750
SAT Writing: 800
Reading, biking, writing, traveling
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Communication is key to all of my methods. I like to explore student's questions thoroughly in order for the student to grasp the concept or method in question.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would introduce myself and ask the student about themselves. I would try to get the student to talk with me on what areas they feel weakest in in the subject area.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I try to instill a sense of curiosity about a subject in the student so they can feel more confident in their skills and know they can always seek out more knowledge on anything anytime.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by encouraging them, making sure to make a real connection with them, and letting them know I care about their progress. I want them to learn the material and feel confident in the skills they learn while in my tutelage.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would find an individualized method to reach the concept to the student. I would want the student to absorb the information we're covering so they can build upon it as they move onto more difficult concepts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I like to take smaller portions of the text we are reading and go over it with the student. We read it first, and then I ask what they remember about what we just read. I would do this for each section until the end of the practice text, and then ask what happened overall to make sure the student is retaining the information from the text.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find that connecting with the student and finding ways to interest the student in the material through personal connection or mental stimulation.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Games and asking deeper into what they are interested in. For reading, I may find a book or series of books that may interest the student based on its subject. With games, I try to get the student to use the skills we are trying to build and refine to win or finish the game.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I ask the student how they feel about their competency in the area they have requested tutoring in. I then build my lessons for them on what areas they feel least confident in. Confidence helps learning stick.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to use visual materials and a lesson plan that I've built for the student based on their areas of weakness. I will use practice texts to work on repetition and practice tests to measure a student's progress.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Practice tests are usually my best judgment on what areas may still need work and what areas have been improved on.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I like to give my students honest and encouraging feedback to help build a trusting relationship and confidence in my student.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I like to ask the student what they think they need to work on, and then use a practice test to measure their skills.