Hi. My name Is Mariah and I'm here to help! I have considerable experience teaching. I utilize my former teaching experiences to help clients reach his/her academic goals. It is always my goal to provide each client with the mode and method that will promote success.
I enjoy working one and one and feel comfortable getting to know one another is possible whether we meet in person or via video conference. I believe that some of the best learning occurs through conversation utilizing Socratic methods (directed questioning that leads one to discover and develop a better understanding of the material discussed).
I am open to questions from potential clients and will do my best to reply promptly. I look forward to working with you...
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Arizona - Bachelors, General Studies
Graduate Degree: University of Arizona - Masters, American Indian Studies
I have artistic tendencies from writing to pottery. I spend a great deal of time with my horse.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that learning is an interactive activity. I am responsible for providing the tools and the platform for each student's success. In order to do that, I too must learn the strengths of each student's learning capability.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A portion of each first session is getting to know a student and his or her learning and/or personal goals. Interacting with a student almost inevitably provides me with a good understanding of each individual student as we move into the subject matter at hand.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is up to me to provide individualized tools and strategies to each student. Knowing student strengths helps me to direct him or her toward exercises or goals that reinforce student problem solving and independent learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I keep it interesting. Finding subjects and skill sets that each student finds pleasant to passionate is key.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Often, it is a matter of relating the subject at hand with one the student knows outside of school and making a practical correlation. Sometimes, there are small portions of an overall idea that a student does not understand that need to be clarified in order for the larger subject to make sense. Clarifying a subject in parts to then make the whole is often very successful.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Often, reading together and going over each concept and/or idea that is being presented helps a student more fully digest information. As the tutor, it is incumbent upon me to continually ask questions and discuss what is being read. Simply, practice.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I choose to get to know a student and ask questions. Reading and writing is rather simple because I can read with a student or ask to see a writing sample based on the student's needs at hand.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
All things relate to what a student finds interesting. Find a subject that can be related to, take the time to find areas of any given subject that a student may find interesting, and find a way to apply that interest toward the subject/areas/ he is finding difficult.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Question the student and use modified Socratic methods to deconstruct (AND RECONSTRUCT) a student's thoughts regarding any given subject.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Practice and praise.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Ask, observe, and digest what any given instructor is asking of him or her.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The end goal is always to promote a student's success in his or her given subject. I work toward supporting and providing the skills being requested by his or her instructor. In doing so, I am providing a student with the information and skill base he or she will be utilizing for his or her success.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use the materials a student has been given in his or her class. I also use some tutoring/teaching materials that I have developed for my own students over the years. Pen, paper, PowerPoint presentations, the Internet, etc.