I am a graduate of the University of Kansas with degrees in History and World Religions. I currently live in Santa Cruz, California, where I study Nutrition and Public Health and work as a writer. Writing everything from essays to resumes and college entrance applications has always been my forte! I can also help you with all your study needs in the health sciences, social sciences, and humanities, as well as with standardized test-taking for college admittance. I look forward to meeting you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Kansas - Bachelors, History/World Religions
Yoga, traveling, listening to music, sports, reading, movies, spending time outside with my dogs
College Level American History
College Political Science
College World History
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School Political Science
High School World History
High School Writing
Middle School Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe intrigue of subject matter and a boost in personal confidence are essential tools in the learning process.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a first session, I like to get to know a student. I want to know what his or her interests are, both in and outside of class. I also want to know what the student's motivations are for doing well in school.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Each student is unique. Teaching a student to study in a way that suits the individual's mind and style of thinking is a great way to foster independence.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By encouraging self-confidence and reminding the student of his or her goals are great motivators. Once the student gets a taste of success, his or her motivation will improve even more.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Usually, when a student has trouble learning a particular skill, it is because the method of learning or teaching is inappropriate for that student's mind. As a tutor, it is my job to change the method of learning to meet the individual's needs.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Different students benefit from different methods. Some students find it easier to comprehend what they read when they begin by reading aloud. This helps them pick up on context clues. Other students need to feel comfortable asking several questions about what they are reading, without the embarrassment of a classroom setting.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Cultivating trust and respect with a student is the most important key to success.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Students often have personal motivations, some of which are academic, and some of which are not. Being in tune with these goals is helpful for a tutor because they are great reminders of why the student wants to succeed. Reminding students of these motivations is often a helpful form of encouragement.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To be sure that a student understands a concept, I would formulate my own questions to test his or her knowledge.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would build a student's confidence by giving him or her mock quizzes, suited to his or her ability level. After acing several of these, the student would feel confident enough to move on to more difficult materials.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Creating a respectful rapport with a student is the best way to open communication. If a student feels comfortable with his or her tutor, that student will let the tutor know what he or she needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
None of my methods for working with students are set in stone. My overall philosophy is that every student is different, and they bring different skills and ways of thinking to the table. I work with and for them in this arena.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The materials I utilize depend on the subject matter and parental discretion. If computers and tablets are allowed by parents, I utilize them to look up pertinent information or to show the student valuable study resources. I always have a pen and notebook handy, and the student should have these as well. Some resource books are also useful for certain subjects.