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Sarah

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Dear students and parents,

Thank you for taking the time to read this profile. I am honored that you have considered me as a tutor. Education is so important to me, as is your success! After all, you are our future! I really enjoy getting to work one on one with all of my students to help them reach their goals and potential. I also like helping students to find their potential. This is why I went into special education. Contrary to popular belief, special education isn't just for those with disabilities. It is for ALL who need a different way of learning and processing material. I employ different strategies for each individual. I have spent time as a long term substitute teacher in a fourth-grade classroom. Here, I found that my background in SPED helped my students, regardless of background, to succeed beyond my expectations. If you are interested in learning more, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a great day!

Sarah’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University Nevada Las Vegas - Current Undergrad, Special Education

Hobbies

Listening to and playing music, drawing, writing, hiking, swimming and more

Tutoring Subjects

History

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

High School English

Mac Basic Computer Skills

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Phonics

Pre-Algebra

Special Education

Technology and Computer Science

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy of teaching is the belief that every student, no matter the age, has the ability to learn and be successful in their own unique way.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

The first thing I like to do when working with students is to do a little get to know you session. The student and I talk about what we each like and don't like and what we want to do with the time we have to ensure we are getting the most out of our time and the most success.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

There are many ways, I feel, to help a student become a more independent learner. However, I feel that confidence is very important in becoming a successful independent learner. With that said, I would make sure to work with the student in build their confidence in their abilities before we move to more difficult concepts or skills.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I think that knowing a student beyond their name and a test score really helps with finding a motivation for students. So, answering this question is difficult for me because each child is unique and different and what may motivate one may not motivate another. This answer, for me, depends greatly on the student I am working with and what they like and don't like and so on.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would make sure to identify, as closely as possible, where and why they are having such a hard time. Then, using that information, I would go back to how I am teaching them and re-assess my approach to see if there is a different and more effective way to teach the student.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I would teach them reading comprehension strategies. One of the most common strategies is read and retell, where the student reads a passage and retells what they have read. However, the strategy that I would use would depend on the student and their individual needs.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

There are many strategies that I have found to be successful when working with students. However, each strategy was chosen and the success it provided ranges between students. On the other hand, in my experiences so far, I have experienced more successes when I have gotten to know my students as individuals before their academic struggles. I feel this strategy has helped me in being more accurate in assessing where they are struggling and, in some cases, why they are struggling.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I am a firm believer in making learning fun. If I know a student is poor in a subject and is really against trying to improve, I would find every way possible to make learning and practicing that subject fun. I would make sure to provide activities that the student isn't aware that they're even performing for the subject or skill.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

There are many tools available to use to assess whether or not a student is understanding a concept or skill. I try to stay away from test giving or pop quizzes because I feel that students get enough of that in school as it is. If I wanted to know whether my student was retaining what I have taught, I would either do an oral exam, which is just asking a series of questions that deal with what we have gone over, or I would do exit slips which are the same as an oral examination only it is written and has a space for the student to reflect on how they are feeling about the subject.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Building confidence, like I've said, is so important in learning. How you build confidence in a subject, to me, ranges from student to student. I will say that because I try to make learning concepts and skills fun. I do make sure that I start a student off by be able to show off what they know and what they can do before we work on the things that they may not know how to do.