I have a Bachelors in English from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. I also have a Certificate in Culinary Arts.
I have always had a passion for writing and analyzing reading material since high school. High school for me was the transitional point in my life where I thought I had figured where I was going in life. I have written various short stories, poems, and essays throughout my life. In college, that was a different story. College was more about continuing to find out who I was and although I focused on 5 page essays and term papers, I figured that writing helped me to express myself.
I will encourage students that he or she can be the best writer that he or she can be, even if they do not have a passion for it. Writing, even for homework, helps us escape and allows us to voice our own opinion through the works of the author.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Spelman College - Bachelors, English
Cooking, meditation, music, films
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to do the best that you can, all you have to do is try. Trying is the first step when it comes to learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask them to explain what the paper would be about, read the prompt, help them to understand the prompt, and to discuss steps on how to make sure they get a passing grade on the paper.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Although being an independent learner can be hard at times, I would help a student to explore options beyond the books and other sources that relate to them and are required. This will give them a chance to create a personal connection to the paper.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would tell the student to keep trying. We have all needed help at some point in our lives. Having people motivate and support is what keeps us going.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would provide various ways of explaining the material to them. For example, if a student is having trouble with forming an introductory paragraph or thesis statement, I would recommend choosing material that challenges them on his or her skill level.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would help students by breaking down the material by explaining the significance of what they are reading and how easy it can be to understand even the hardest passages.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Communication is key. I find it easier to get the student's perspective about reading material or what kind of source they feel like is adequate enough, but is still difficult to use in a paper. Flashcards and quizzes also help with vocabulary and understanding concepts.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Depending on what the material is about, I would discuss the subject in modern day terms and do a compare/contrast. I would also tie in what appeals to them, i.e. movies, music, or sports.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Flashcards as a guide for concepts, one-on-one conversations, comprehensive quizzes that involve everything in the material, etc.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would tell them to think outside the box when it comes to working on an essay or reading comprehension. I would tell them to try to get through as much of the paper or reading as possible, and then I will able to help them with any issues.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By first asking them what they are having trouble with the most. For example, making a list of at least five things, from simple to difficult and working with them based on the list.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By spending as much time as possible with the student until they get the concepts down.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Flashcards, any form of notes, books, or online material if possible.