I am a recent graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a B. S. in International Relations and a B. A. in Honors Humanities. I have a passion for learning about the world around me. I am enthusiastic about opportunities to help others get excited about their world as well.
In college, I focused on international relations and economics, but I have a wide range of interests, including environmental science, literature, writing and world history. I spent my junior year of college in Istanbul, Turkey, attending university and learning about new cultures. My classmates and professors in Turkey believed that the brightest student succeeds only when the struggling students can learn and participate in the classroom as well. Their educational philosophy has greatly influenced my inspiration to tutor, as I believe every student benefits when everyone is participating and engaged in the learning process.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Indiana Wesleyan University - Bachelors, International Relations
SAT Composite: 2250
SAT Math: 730
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 720
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
We are all students, but each of us learns differently and is fueled by different interests. Teaching is the art of helping students discover curiosity about the world around them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would like to hear what the student's interests and natural proclivities include. Let's begin using those strengths toward the subject at hand to see how the student can best understand the material.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
To learn and really soak up information, the student needs to be able to process it in their own way and to identify mistakes they may be making so that they can avoid them in the future. Once a student can identify where they are struggling, they can begin to spend more time to learn that area.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think it's important to tie any subject back to real life. If a student can make a connection to their own life and interests, regardless of the subject, they can continue to be motivated in their learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I propose we look at it a different way. Perhaps we need to see what we're working on through a visual prompt or we need to put the material into different words. We'll keep trying different methods until we find something that sticks.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
It's important to work on comprehension word-by-word, and then connect those words into a sentence. Once the student understands one sentence, they can connect it to the sentences before and after to make sense of what they are reading.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I think it's critical to find connection points between the subject and the student's life.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Asking students to explain the material to you in their own words in an important way of gauging whether they have truly understood a concept. If they solve a question correctly, they should be able to tell you why they did what they did.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Start with questions or problems within the student's capacity and slowly incorporate new ideas or concepts that build on what she or he already knows.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like to start by getting to know the student and learning about their interests are struggles. Then, it's time to jump into the material, to see where the student may have questions or need additional guidance.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
It's important to assess how a student learns best and perhaps choose a different method of presenting the material than what they have received in class. For example, if a student is struggling with the lecture style, we can try discussion-based learning or explore visual or tactile learning methods.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by asking questions as we work through the subject. Their answers will reveal which material they are having trouble grasping for themselves and which material they feel comfortable with.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on what the student is using and the subject. We might use a textbook to initially review the material, and then move to a discussion or practice questions. I always bring along paper or a writing surface to give more freedom of expression during the learning process. I may also bring along maps, graphs, or other visual aids, depending on the subject.