I am a life long learner, and I have dedicated my life to helping and teaching others. I hope we can work together to help you be the best you can be.
Undergraduate Degree: Seton Hall University - Current Undergrad, Elementary/Special Education and Spanish
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1320
Singing, writing, knitting
What is your teaching philosophy?
I love to help students achieve goals that they didn't even think they can reach. I want their learning experience to be a journey together.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will first get to know the student. I want to know your interests and hobbies, because that will help me personalize the tutoring.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By giving them the tools that they can do on their own. Things like creating good, less-distracting learning environments and improving study skills will help the student be able to learn on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will continue to give positive reinforcement so students are able to be vulnerable with me. I am always available to ask any questions.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would attack the problem from different angles, using different teaching methods and sticking with the student until they understood the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I always slow down the reading material. A lot of times, students are nervous about looking foolish in front of a class, so they read really fast and end up tripping themselves up. I would have them follow along with a pencil as they read aloud. Moreover, I would instruct the students to underline themes or ideas that they deem important.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I try to figure out the pace that the student is at, and then go from there. I want to make sure that I'm not going too fast or too slow for the student's abilities.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to relate it to something that they liked, such as sports or video games.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
With reading and writing, I would work with the student first, using tips and tricks to make sure they understood the concept. Then, I would instruct them to do it alone to see how they improve.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By always giving positive reinforcement. When a student fails, I will try to point out the strong points so that they can learn from their mistakes.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I always give sample problems first and then work from there. I teach completely student-based.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Sometimes methods don't work, so I'm always looking online for nontraditional styles of teaching to make sure I can help all students to the best of my ability.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Just a pen and paper is really all I need. I use songs occasionally to help remember harder concepts.