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Ericka

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I was the ADHD kid who struggled with reading, easily lost my attention in class and forgot to turn in my homework. I thought I just wasn't very good at school.

Years later, I learned that I am a great student who loves learning and sharing what I learn! What I also learned is that traditional classroom instruction did not help me learn in a manner that worked best for me. I want to help students feel the same confidence I learned to feel when thinking about my studies. This is why I decided to become a tutor with Varsity Tutors.

Because I experienced struggles in my studies but now experience success several years later, I learned an important lesson; today's students are most likely to find success when they are prepared to face tomorrow's challenges. They can succeed by attaining and then applying 21st-century skills. As a result, educators are charged to equip students with these aptitudes. In addition to studying Science, Technology, Education, and Math (aka STEM), students must master languages, business precepts, geography, history, and so much more!

21st-century learners have a significant load to bear! They may discover that scholarship alone does not afford as many opportunities as it once did for their parents. They need to acquire an ever-evolving toolbox full of soft skills born from emerging technologies. As exemplary digital citizens, they responsibly collaborate with others in real and virtual worlds and use critical thinking processes when viewing and assessing online resources. If they do not fill their learning toolboxes sufficiently, they may struggle later in life when seeking employment or connect with others.

For these reasons, I seamlessly incorporate soft skills into all my of tutoring sessions. For example, in the instance I accept a new assignment with a fifth grader, I do not envision a 10-year-old kid just trying to get through his homework. I will not treat him this way. I instead imagine an intelligent individual perhaps trying to understand why he has to finish these pesky problems! He has not yet understood why the exercises are vital to his future. The great part is that he can absorb critical thinking traits in a fun way! He can experience meaningful learning while he completes his studies.

Encouraging learners to take more academic responsibility is also an essential part of my tutoring style. I accomplish this goal by directing them towards educational tools designed to increase motivation. Students discover that the quest for knowledge is a life-long process happening everywhere- not just in a classroom. I also expect individuals that receive tutoring services to follow up with me after they submit their work.

Evaluating students' progress is paramount. After they complete their activities, I assess how they respond to my ideas and make corrections if required. If students are minors, I anticipate that parents stay connected to their children's progress and provide feedback.

All planned activities during educational sessions branch from proven pedagogical or andragogical practices. I intentionally study learning theories and consider their importance while creating instructional activities. I discern which kinds of actions are appropriate to pave the way for high achievement.

The best rewards for me as a tutor arise during those times students realize their potential and have that "A-HA!" moment. I watch them confidently tackle a challenging assignment and then say, "Way to go! I knew you could do it."

This is the truth about you too! I wish to create an environment where innovative thinkers and extraordinary leaders emerge. Furthermore, I believe that YOU are one of these awesome people! Let's get started!


Ericka’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Southern Nazarene University - Bachelors, Network Engineering and Management

Graduate Degree: Oklahoma State University-Main Campus - Current Grad Student, Education Technology

Hobbies

I love teaching and learning! I am currently pursuing my master's degree in education technology at Oklahoma State University. I am married with children, ages 6, 9, 18, 21. I also love my pets! I have four dogs, three rabbits, and one cat. I like to ride my bicycle on lake trails near my home, color in fancy coloring books, listen to contemporary, classically styled music. I paint, draw, knit hats and scarves, bake all kinds cookies, and grow produce year-round. I often volunteer at a local pet rescue organization.

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

American Literature

AP Biology

AP English Literature and Composition

Biology

Business

Clinical Psychology

College Application Essays

College Business

College English

College Level American Literature

College Physics

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Computer Architecture

Computer Theory

Conversational Spanish

Datamining

Distributed Computing

English

High School Biology

High School Physics

High School Writing

ISEE Prep

Languages

Materials Science

Math

Mathematica

Microbiology

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Science

Social studies

SSAT Prep

STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

World Religions

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Today's students are most likely to find success in life when they are prepared to face tomorrow's challenges. They can succeed by attaining, and then applying 21st-century skills. As a result, educators are charged to equip students with these aptitudes. In addition to studying Science, Technology, Education, and Math (aka STEM), students must master languages, business precepts, geography, history, and so much more! Twenty-first century learners have a significant load to bear! They may discover that a scholarship alone does not afford as many opportunities as it once did for their parents. They need to acquire an ever-evolving toolbox full of soft skills born from emerging technologies. As exemplary digital citizens, they responsibly collaborate with others in real and virtual worlds and use critical thinking processes when viewing and assessing online resources. If they do not fill their learning toolboxes sufficiently, they may struggle later in life when seeking employment or connecting with others. For these reasons, I seamlessly incorporate soft skills into all my of tutoring sessions. For example, in the instance I accept a new assignment with a fifth grader, I do not envision a 10-year-old kid just trying to get through his homework. I will not treat him this way. I instead imagine an intelligent individual perhaps trying to understand why he has to finish these pesky problems! He has not yet understood why the exercises are vital to his future. The great part is that he can absorb critical thinking traits in a fun way! He can experience meaningful learning while he completes his studies. Encouraging learners to take more academic responsibility is also an essential part of my teaching style. I accomplish this goal by directing them towards educational tools designed to increase motivation. Students discover that the quest for knowledge is a lifelong process happening everywhere- not just in a classroom. I also expect individuals that receive tutoring services to follow up with me after they submit their work. Evaluating students' progress is paramount. After they complete their activities, I assess how they respond to my ideas and make corrections if required. If students are minors, I anticipate that parents stay connected to their children's progress and provide feedback. All planned activities during educational sessions branch from proven pedagogical or andragogical practices. I intentionally study learning theories and consider their importance while creating instructional activities. I discern which kinds of actions are appropriate to pave the way for high achievement. The best rewards for me as a tutor arise during those times students realize their potential and have that "A-HA!" moment. I watch them confidently tackle a challenging assignment and then say, "Way to go! I knew you could do it." That is the truth about you too! I wish to create an environment where innovative thinkers and extraordinary leaders emerge. Furthermore, I believe that YOU are one of these awesome people! Let's get started!