Hello! My name is Meredyth, and I am a rising senior at Saint Louis University, but am originally from the Chicago suburb of Naperville. As a Journalism and Biomedical Engineering major, some think my combination as paradoxical, but I wish to showcase my strengths not only in the health care spectrum, but also through my writing. I have currently interviewed Buzz Aldrin, George Takei, and Ibtihaj Muhammad, to name a few, and have covered the Stockley protests and other social justice beats. I see myself specifically reporting post graduation or writing for a science journal.
My forte is geared more towards working with elementary school kids into middle school: I was a swim coach for 4 years, so I do have experience with children. Along with this age range, I am equipped to help high school students with their writing, math, and science. Because I have both the writing and math/science backgrounds from journalism and engineering, I am prepared to help students with AP Language and Comp, AP Literature, basic English and reading, AP Chemistry, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Calculus.
I am looking forward to working with you and thank you for considering me as your tutor!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Saint Louis University-Main Campus - Current Undergrad, Journalism, Biomedical Engineering
swimming, ultimate frisbee, reading, interviewing people and writing stories, photography
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that patience and repetition are both key proponents in succeeding. After teaching what is pertinent to the subject, reviewing is optimal in maintaining what has just been learned at the next session as well. No need to get frustrated, because this is a friendly environment in which I want the students to understand the material and gain confidence.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would have the student go over what he/she is struggling with and wants to learn and has learned so far. From this assessment (from talking or even presenting as serious of math problems or reading passages, etc.), we can just build from there and work on review, and provide something new to learn at the end of the first lesson.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
After going over the material and reviewing it, I can provide some practice questions/passages, etc., so the student can work over the course of the week on the material without losing what we reviewed. He/she then can present questions for the next lesson, and can also learn from them as well.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like to tailor my learning to each particular age group; for example, if I am tutoring a child with reading, providing an incentive in the form of stickers if they read a passage or do the practice I provide would be beneficial. If I am tutoring an older student, positivity is key because it is easy to get frustrated with subjects such as Calculus and Chemistry.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to present an analogy or a different way in which to teach the subject. Practice is key as well and providing more practice problems within their area that they are struggling with, and explaining what they are doing incorrectly and how to properly address the problem are good tactics too.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would try to ask what the passage is attempting to say, and if the student is having difficulty explaining this, I would ask a series of plot questions leading up to this -- who are the characters, what are their motives, and where is the setting? All these questions can deduce the main point or what the author is trying to pull from the text.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
A very relaxed environment! I want to get to know the student for who he/she is and build that relationship, because it is so much easier to help him/her once you know the personality. From there, I can ask what he/she is struggling with or to show me some practice problems, and we can work from the ground up with basics.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Try to relate the subject to them! For example, if the tutor is explaining division to the student and he/she loves pie, the tutor can draw pie and divide it up into different pieces. If the student is really doing a great job with trying to understand the subject, then the tutor could possibly bring in pie as a treat (with parental permission).
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would create my own tests/practice problems/reading passages/essays prompts so they can test their knowledge with what they have learned.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positivity is key! The tutor should stay confident and patient with the student -- if he/she isn't understanding something, just reviewing and trying to build on what they know will help gain confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
In order to evaluate, I need to first see their skill level in that subject area by presenting them problems, reading passages, etc., and having them work them out, or I can assess based of their school teachers' homework assignments.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I evaluate where the students are at so far and present visual aids and explanations as needed. I'd possibly gather other materials that help with his/her understanding of the topic in order to improve.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It all depends on the subject: if the student is an elementary school kid who needs help with reading, I provide school books appropriate for that age, and maybe some that are slightly below, to build from to work towards that goal of eventually reading at their appropriate levels. If the subject is math/science related, I could provide online materials with problems for those subjects or books that have practice problems related to that area.