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Marquita

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My motto is: Parents and educators united for ultimate child success.

Children will be most successful when parents and educators work as partners.

Marquita’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Clark Atlanta University - Bachelors, Early Childhood Education (P-5)

Graduate Degree: Strayer University-Georgia - Masters, Educational Management

Hobbies

Writing, especially poetry; reading; crafts; music; PEZ candy dispenser collecting; time with family & friends;

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

Basic Computer Literacy

College Application Essays

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Writing

Math

Microsoft Office

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Phonics

PRAXIS Prep

Public Speaking

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that educators and families must cooperatively develop goals and expectations, for the complete developmental growth of children, while maintaining safe environments that provide unlimited opportunities for specific, exploratory, and creative learning and play experiences.

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

I spend the first session getting to know my student and his/her family. I use this time to discuss goals, expectations, and establish a foundation for the partnership. I also review any of the student's previously scored school work; and, I assess the student's current level.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

This process will vary per the needs of each student. Ultimately, I help a student become an independent learner by increasing their interest in learning, building their confidence and trust in themselves, and giving them skills and tools to maintain effective organizational and study skills.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I find ways to incorporate the student's interests into learning activities. I also highlight the student's successes and strengths with positive reinforcement and rewards. Another motivational tool is sharing my own personal struggles with the student, which helps them feel less defeated and keeps them encouraged.

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

It depends on the student, and the skill or concept. Each student will require different methods of support, as each skill or concept requires different approaches. Overall, I'd provide tools and hands-on activities to help build the student's mastery.

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

I engage the student in reading various passages or stories, in which I stop at intervals and ask questions to help the student understand and retain the information. I also play games with the student that develop skills needed to improve reading comprehension (i.e. memory, recall).

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

The greatest strategy I have found to be successful is establishing a rapport of trust and encouragement with the student. Once this occurs, students are more willing to accept my instruction and trust the process I set up for them. I also find it successful to incorporate the student's interests and favorite things into learning activities/lessons. The most successful strategy is helping the student become more confident in themselves, and teaching him/her how to be an advocate for themselves in the learning process.

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

I would point out the successes they have demonstrated in the subject, and then find ways to make the subject fun by teaching it in a manner that caters to the student's natural learning style.

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

Basic assessment strategies such as quizzes, question and answer discussions, review exercises, and other strategies that will effectively demonstrate the student's mastery and understanding of the material.

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

I consistently point out the student's successes in the subject, and I encourage the student to push through challenging subject areas by participating in activities with them.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

It depends on the subject area being assessed, age of the student, and grade level. Generally, discussions, a review of completed work, and having the student complete work helps me evaluate the needs.

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

My tutoring style is not standard. It is always customized to the needs of the individual student. The only standard tutoring strategy I implement is the way I conduct the first session, and the way I communicate with the student and family.

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

It varies depending on the subject and the student. I use a variety of materials, from traditional worksheets to board games. I use materials that meet the learning styles of the students.