Ive worked hard in each of my classes and will continue to do so; Ive managed to maintain a 4.0 G.P.A. while traveling fifty miles a day for school, I voluntarily take notes for my classes through the D.S.P.S. program, and Im a single mother with a brilliant child to guide in my footsteps. Since Im going to become an investigator in the future, you might think that Im majoring in criminal justice. However, many investigators are being prompted to go back to school to learn about computer sciences so that they can continue to keep up with the rapid growth of technological advances in our society. Thats why Ive decided to major in computer science while emphasizing in criminal justice.
In the future Ill want to open my own investigation firm, but before that, Ill need to start at the bottom. To me that means I must intern or work somewhere that I can utilize my computer science skills as a mutual party investigator. There is so much injustice in America that can be prevented, and Id like to be one of the people to help see to it.
Help is really the keyword here, I love to help people. Not only does the person being helped benefit from it, but it is very rewarding to help people--in any way possible.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Monterey Bay - Bachelors, Software engineer
Swimming, hiking, playing hacky sack, trying new foods, going to the beach, scary movies, and much more!
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
If we are learning computer science, I can teach them some of the basics, like most teachers or tutors might do; but I remember my first time coding, and I remember being confused as to why I was typing what I was. So, I would likely show the person just what they can eventually accomplish with a bit of coding knowledge. Once they're excited about what amazing things they can do, then I would show them the basics about input and output, as well as go over the terminology for the libraries and syntax utilized in the program.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would figure out the things that they like and relate that to the subject in which they could potentially be more knowledgeable.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would make sure that they understand how it is used in the real world and/or why it is important or useful. If they were still having a hard time understanding, then I would explain the concept in a way that is more simple in order for the student/client to understand more thoroughly.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would definitely have them break down longer sentences, ensure that they understand why punctuation is important to read, as well as why it's important for understanding the context in which the writer is expressing their sentences. Another thing that helps familiarize someone with new words is images.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know them, letting them get to know me; making ourselves more comfortable and building a sort of a bond simultaneously.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
If the student was younger, and depending on the subject, I might use lots of colorful things, different shaped items, and food items --like macaroni noodles -- or other things they enjoy that would likely get them motivated to learn. For example, if a kid likes superheroes, then superheroes might be a big theme in their learning. If the student was older, I could definitely ensure that they fully understand the importance and relevance of the material for them, whatever the subject is.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
It depends on how I see them excelling. Some people are visual learners, some are better at memorizing formulas, and some people must apply what they have learned repeatedly before understanding. Also, some people don't learn well by book or on paper. Maybe they could benefit from writing notes on a tablet instead. Whatever the case may be, I'm extremely attentive and will push a student in the direction in which they excel the most.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
If I notice that a person has low confidence about their abilities in any subject, I would give them several tasks/problems that I'm sure that they can do without struggling, and then give them one that challenges them a bit. I guide them through it if they're struggling, and continue on this way until they are happily learning new things without beating themselves up about not automatically knowing how to do something. If there doesn't seem to be an issue with confidence, or even if there does, I would consistently give constructive feedback while maintaining the ability to be mindful of anyone's feelings. Also, I plan to dish out tons of compliments, as I am easily impressed upon people's accomplishments, especially if I am the person helping them learn!
What is your teaching philosophy?
~If you don't understand the why, then you can't understand the how. ~Meaning: If you don't know why you're doing something, how can you be expected to learn how to do it?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
If I'm teaching them something new, perhaps I might give them a few examples, and then have them do a similar problem on their own, along with problems that progress maybe a little bit further in complexity, while letting them use their notes, book, or the Internet to try and execute the challenge.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
One way is to ask them bluntly, "What are you working on right now? Can you show me something that you're struggling with?" Another way is to give an assessment test. Yet another way can be to be through my visual comprehension. For example, if I notice someone might be taking the wrong approach or step in a problem, then I can ask them to walk me through their approach and/or explain each step. This is beneficial in more than one way; not only an I making an evaluation but many times the person learning can realize that they had maybe taken the wrong approach or steps themselves.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I suppose I just get to know them--some of their likes and dislikes--in order to understand them better, and to know how they talk and like to be talked to. Communication is extremely important, and if someone doesn't understand the manner in which another person is talking in, then it's neither of the two peoples' fault. The way any two people communicate are not the same, and there are so many different ways to say the same thing. So if the student can't understand something I meant, then I will explain several different ways, if need be.