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I initially started tutoring by assisting children with disabilities at my high school. After realizing the joy of helping others pursue the "path of knowledge," I tackled on teaching peers and focusing on difficult subjects. The more I taught, the more I was able to comprehend the material than Everyone else in the class. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone!

Later on in life, My positive aura for teaching allowed other students to open up and ask for study sessions, which I would joyfully oblige! I soon found that teaching is one of my profound passions in life. It's a wonderful feeling to have "Light Bulb Moment," when a concept finally "clicks" and makes sense. One of my clients calls it, "The Last Puzzle Piece Effect:" the triumph of unlocking untapped knowledge and potential, after "mentally" puzzling over complex and disorganized concepts.

I, personally, identify with it well, having felt it commonly myself. It's exceptionally satisfying to have the capacity to help other people fulfill their pursuits, especially when they finally get "last puzzle piece" to fall into place. You can appreciate the bigger picture in the grand scheme of things, especially after conquering each detail "one puzzle at a time."

As I got further into more advanced courses along with critical coursework, I started to acknowledge the amount of information I could learn, and how vital it was for me to create original, more effective methods towards introducing & teaching new material.

I began tutoring at the college grade level, which ultimately changed my teaching styles for the better. This new path started with questioning and analyzing today's academic system: "What adequately helps students to learn?", "How can I significantly impact each session in such a short amount of time?" And most importantly, "Why are some students not motivated to do well in school?"

Since then I have come to trust that tutoring is not just about giving help to finding solutions or completing assignments. Those are unquestionably top priority. The key to teaching and tutoring is understanding that every student has the potential for profound and exceptional results. With the right guidance, students will have the proper mindset to resolve any academic obstacles through origination, trial & error, evaluation, audit, research, practice, and persistence. In addition coaching, particularly with (however not restricted to) more youthful students is mainly about tutoring and giving them not only the answers but rather the capacity and the motivation to find the solutions all by themselves! While this may not be the initial first plan of action, it is essential for the student to reach this goal, before a student takes on difficult courses & responsibilities, in addition to facing the uncertainty of tomorrow's future.

There will be situations where the requirement for assisting students solve a problem is much more than a typical answer of giving yes, no and small simple answers. Sometimes, the understanding of the question itself can allow an easier way for students to find the answer. Which I have witnessed the effectiveness of this method, time and time again.

Be that as it may, here is a bigger requirement for further advancement and production of learning to succeed in the game of life. And from my experiences, the best effective teaching style comes down to examining if the student understands the concept versus just assisting them to find the actual solution.

The future generation is destined for greatness and success towards a better tomorrow. Perhaps all it takes is simply showing them how to finish the rest of the puzzle.

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Kristen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Arkansas - Current Undergrad, Computer Science

Test Scores

ACT English: 32

ACT Science: 30

Hobbies

Reading. Writing Poetry. Playing the Piano. Cooking New Recipes. Traveling to New Places. Xbox One Connesieur.

Tutoring Subjects

Accompaniment

ACCUPLACER ESL Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult ESL/ELL

Adult Literacy

Advertising

African History

African-American History

AIMS Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algorithms

Analytical Chemistry

Anthropology

AP Physics 2

AP Research

AP Seminar

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

AP Studio Art: 3-D Design

AP Studio Art: Drawing

Applied Mathematics

Archaeology

Arrangement and Composition

Art

ASVAB Prep

Audition Prep

BASIC

Basic Computer Literacy

Biostatistics

Biotechnology

Business

Business Analytics

Business Calculus

Business Enterprise

Business Statistics

Business Writing

C

C#

C++

Cell Biology

CHSPE Prep

Civics

Clarinet

CLEP Prep

CLEP American Government

CLEP American Literature

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

CLEP Biology

CLEP Calculus

CLEP Chemistry

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Composition

CLEP College Composition Modular

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP English Literature

CLEP Financial Accounting

CLEP French

CLEP German

CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

CLEP Human Growth and Development

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Introduction to Business Law

CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Introductory Sociology

CLEP Natural Sciences

CLEP Precalculus

CLEP Principles of Macroeconomics

CLEP Principles of Management

CLEP Principles of Marketing

CLEP Principles of Microeconomics

CLEP Social Sciences and History

CLEP Spanish

CLEP Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

CLEP Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

College Business

College Computer Science

College Economics

College English

College Level American Literature

College Physics

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Competition Math

Compilers

Computational Problem Solving

Computer Architecture

Computer Game Design

Computer Programming

Computer Science

Computer Theory

Cost Accounting

Cost Analysis

CPA

Creative Writing

Criminal Law

Cryptogrophy

CSAP/ TCAP Prep

Data Structure

Datamining

Developmental Biology

Digital Media

Discrete Math

Distributed Computing

Drawing

Drum and Percussion

Economics

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

Engineering

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Ethics

Evolutionary Biology

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

Financial Accounting

Finite Mathematics

French

French 2

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

GED Social Studies

Genetic Engineering

Geometry

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

Graduate Test Prep

Graphic Design

GRE Analytical Writing

Handwriting

High School Business

High School Computer Science

High School Economics

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Physics

High School Political Science

High School Writing

HTML

Human Development

IB

IB Biology

IB Business & Management

IB Chemistry

IB Classical Languages

IB Dance

IB Design Technology

IB Economics

IB Extended Essay

IB Film

IB Geography

IB Global Politics

IB Literature and Performance

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Music

IB Philosophy

IB Physics

IB Social and Cultural Anthropology

IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science

IB Theatre

IB Theory of Knowledge

IB Visual Arts

IB World Religions

College Math

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

ISAT Prep

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Primary

ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement

Java

JavaScript

Languages

Law

Linux

LSAT Essay Section

Mac Basic Computer Skills

MAP Prep

Marine Biology

Marketing

Math

Mathematica

MATLAB

Microbiology

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Molecular Biology

Molecular Genetics

Music

Music Theory

Nutrition

OAT Quantitative Reasoning

OAT Reading Comprehension

OAT Survey of Natural Sciences

OLSAT Prep

Operating Systems

Other

Painting

PC Basic Computer Skills

PCAT Biology

PCAT Chemistry

PCAT Quantitative Ability

PCAT Verbal Ability

PCAT Writing

Philosophical Ethics

Philosophy

Phonics

Physics

Piano

Plant Biology

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Probability

Public Speaking

Python

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantum Computing

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Scientific Programming

Social Sciences

Social studies

Sociology

Software

Software Engineering

Spelling Bee

SQL

Statics and Dynamics

Statistics

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Suzuki Method

TACHS Prep

TEAS Prep

Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

TOPS Prep

Visual Basic

World Civilization

World Literature

World Religions

Writing

Xylophone


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Studies have shown that the majority of students with philosophy in their academic curriculum do better in school than other students. Research found that a student's motivation was linked to better academic performance. Why is that? The answer is simple: Today's school system continuously fails to create a cultivating and sustainable environment -- one that truly prepares students for success and efficiently focuses on reaching their full potential. My teaching philosophy is focused on teaching techniques catered to the student's strongest sensory for learning new material (visual, audio, artistic, etc.), while analyzing and strengthening their academic weaknesses and perceptions of learning. In other words, unlocking their potential by building upon their best qualities.

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

I would begin by analyzing the student's overall understanding of the subject. I would also ask about which areas are easy versus areas that the student has trouble in. By doing this, it would help me create the most effective teaching methods for this student (i.e., visual or auditory learner). Then, I would gather any important dates for upcoming tests and projects related to that subject. Finally, I will suggest material for future sessions and assign practice problems, which will be due for the next session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will try to strengthen the importance of learning the subject by creatively adding different material and projects relating to the concept. For example, a student that struggles in geometry might feel unmotivated to learn independently, because they might feel that "it's useless to learn" and "that it won't help once they graduate high school/college." At that point, I will incorporate something fun, like geometry billiards. Or maybe a clip showing how professional bowlers use geometry to win competitions! The key is to establish the importance of the subject outside of the classroom. Once a child sees the infinite possibilities that present itself after studying certain subjects, they will be more open and motivated to learn more.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will continuously keep a variety of materials, fun projects, or games relating to the subject. It is extremely important to establish a positive and joyful environment because this will allows a student's motivation to flourish!

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

I would focus on finding the root of the issue causing the student trouble, try several different methods on finding and understanding the solution, and instill positivity into the student's feelings of the subject overall. Self-doubt and negative emotions can hinder logical judgment when it comes to problem-solving.

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

Foremost, establishing the basic foundations of reading comprehension: understanding the setting, plot, purpose, protagonist, etc. I will also incorporate the 4 W's and H: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How? In addition, I will incorporate tips and tricks to understand context clues. I also have an OCR program that takes and converts a book into a DAISY file. DAISY formats allow users to hear the words being spoken aloud while highlighting each part of the text as it is being said.

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

I have found establishing a positive atmosphere for the student to be comfortable and motivated to learn is important. I also try to incorporate their hobbies and likes into our tutoring session. If a student likes Minecraft, and they are learning about programming, I would combine both of them and assist them with programming the Minecraft movements or characters.

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

I will explore their hobbies and try to relate them to the tutoring sessions. Creating a positive linkage towards the subject will help the students be excited about a subject they are learning.

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

In combination with provided materials and my own personal materials, I will develop a 10-15 question quiz that will analyze their overall understanding. I will also ask about previous coursework or tutoring sessions to learn about their overall knowledge of the concept. Sometimes I will also reverse roles and ask the student to teach me the concept as if it was my first time learning. If the student struggles with telling me about the material, then it will show whether or not they fully understand.

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

Reinforcement is key to building a student's confidence. Letting them know that they have the power to do well on that particular subject. Congratulating them every time they found the correct answer. It is extremely important to be supportive rather than to criticize. Students struggling in a subject are more vulnerable in regards to the material. Being positive and uplifting will help secure confidence in students.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

When I first meet the student, I ask them what they hope to obtain from the sessions: Do you need to do well in a class? Do you need a high score on the ACT or SAT to obtain scholarships at one of your selected colleges? Do you want to strengthen your skill, whether it is reading, writing, drawing, etc.? Do you have any major test coming up? I will then assess the student's strengths and weaknesses and combine all the results for evaluation.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I adapt by focusing solely on what the student lacks in regards to understanding the material. I will also take note of things that need improvement, and try to find more resources to assist the student.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Aside from the provided material, I use my own material that I have gathered over the years. In addition, I can recommend books or other published material that will assist the student in succeeding. I also like to incorporate fun games and projects that relate to learning the concept better.


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