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Kristina

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I am a hard-working, responsible, friendly woman with a strong passion for education. I believe that an excellent tutor must have a desire to assist students in the learning process, and this is one quality which I feel I definitely possess.

I hold a BA in psychology, and an MA in English and Creative Writing.

I have previously worked as a tutor with primarily jr. high and high school students. This was predominantly homework support, but also included review of assignments for English and literature classes. Additionally, I homeschooled my own son through jr. high and high school.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, crocheting and knitting items for gifts and charities, hiking, and tennis.

My tutoring philosophy is all about meeting students where they are. I feel it is important for students to understand their personal learning style (verbal, auditory, kinesthetic), as this will enable them to study the material in the way that best allows them to learn, understand, and retain the material.

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Kristina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: American Public University System - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Southern New Hampshire University - Current Grad Student, English and Creative Writing

Hobbies

Reading, knitting, crocheting, hiking, tennis

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Introduction to Poetry

Life Sciences

Math

Microsoft Office

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

PC Basic Computer Skills

Science

Technology and Computer Science

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is all about meeting students where they are. I feel it is important for students to understand their personal learning style (verbal, auditory, kinesthetic), as this will enable them to study the material in the way that best allows them to learn, understand, and retain the material.

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

In the typical first session, I would ask the student questions to help determine their personal learning style. I would also discuss what areas the student needs help in. We would work together to make a plan that will best enable them to succeed.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Helping a student become an independent learner begins with determining their learning style. Knowing this, a student can approach the material in a way that is most conducive for their learning needs. I would also go over how to read material and take notes on the key information.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Staying motivated is all about making strides toward success. This involves S.M.A.R.T goal setting. Goals should be: S-specific M-measurable A-attainable R-realistic T-time-based

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

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would approach the material from a different angle. Very often, this means presenting the material in a way that is most in line with the student's personal learning style.

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

When a student struggles with reading comprehension, it is often due to an overload of information. I break down the material into more feasible chunks. For example, I would have the student read a paragraph, and then tell me what happened in it. The student would write this down, and then move to each subsequent paragraph. When finished, I would have the student read the notes they took so that they can gain an overall understanding of the material.

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

The most successful strategy I have found when working with students is helping them determine their personal learning style. This allows students to approach information in the manner that is most conducive to their success.

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

I would help a student get excited and engaged with a subject that they are struggling in by making it relevant to them.

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

When I want to be sure that a student understands the material, I have them explain it to me as if I am new to the material. If they can teach/explain it, then they know and understand it.

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

I build student confidence in subjects by celebrating small, incremental wins.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

First and foremost, I ask the student. Most students know what they are struggling with. This often means asking which subjects they "like" and which they "don't like."

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

To adapt my tutoring to the student's needs, I determine their learning style, and I meet the student where they are.

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

I will use whatever materials are necessary to help a student learn. For students who are visual learners, this could mean pictures or diagrams. For auditory learners, this may mean recordings of information pertinent to the material. For kinesthetic learners, this may mean finding a way for them to do some physical activity while they study the material.

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