I am an aspiring educator with a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor's Degree from Hendrix College. I have specific experience as both a teaching assistant and as a substitute teacher. I specialize in ACT Test Prep as long with a wide range of Middle and High School subjects, specifically English and Science. I graduated valedictorian of my high school class and have spent my time since enriching my own education along with pursuing a career in education.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Hendrix College - Bachelors, English-Film Studies
Graduate Degree: University of Southern California - Masters, Cinema and Media Studies
ACT Composite: 34
GRE Quantitative: 161
GRE Verbal: 167
Film, television, comedy, trivia, and any other activity you can do inside!
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Biology
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 Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe every student can achieve far more than they realize. All they need is attention from an educator dedicated enough to learn how their students learn and cater accordingly.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Besides basic introductions, I believe it's important to listen to a student about their academic struggles in their own words. I would also try to introduce them to my own teaching style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By passing along strategies that I have developed in my own educational career and fostering a passion in whatever material they may encounter.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive, but genuine reinforcement accompanied by realistic, attainable benchmarks.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would adjust my approach according to the teaching style they have demonstrated an aptitude for. Barring that, I'd try approaching the concept from different angles, attempting to reinforce the idea from multiple perspectives.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
You teach them to break a sentence apart and put it back together in an effort to understand the linguistic nuances in every word choice and to understand how syntax becomes art.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Open lines of communication, warmth, friendliness, and a commitment to improvement from both parties.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Learn to reframe the subject in a way that may interest them more or impart your own passion for the material. Passion is infectious!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Evaluations and various work that I do not help with are a good start. Another way is to just see if the student can explain the material in their own words instead of repeating it verbatim.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
It's all about perspective. If a student feels too pressured or over-criticized, they will struggle. One needs to approach the material with a serious mind, but a warm, relaxed attitude.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By communicating with the student (and their parents) about the student's specific needs, and by observing the student's habits and struggles in our sessions.