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McKenzie

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I am a registered nurse and a tutor looking to help others find the joy in science and math that I have found. I received my bachelor's of science in nursing from Brigham Young University Provo and am currently attending the University of Colorado to get my master's degree in nursing. I worked as a tutor in college helping students in classes such as anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physical science, biology, math, and test preparation. My favorite subject to tutor is test preparation. I am passionate about helping students get past test taking fears so that they can show what they know and succeed in their endeavors. My tutoring philosophy is that anyone can understand anything so long as the teacher can teach to the student's learning style and the student is willing to put the effort in to learn and practice what they are learning.
One thing students need to consider with me is that because I am a practicing nurse, my schedule changes weekly. I am very flexible around my work schedule but there are days every week when I cannot tutor and those days will change week to week.





McKenzie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University-Provo - Bachelors, nursing

Graduate Degree: George Washington University - Current Grad Student, Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 31

ACT English: 34

ACT Math: 27

ACT Reading: 32

ACT Science: 30

Hobbies

teaching, nursing, quilting, tennis, reading


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to never give up on a student. Anyone can understand anything so long as it is explained correctly and the student is willing to put in the effort.

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

Assess background knowledge, find out what the student wants to know, and find out what learning style will work for the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I am not the only resource for a student. I help students find other reliable resources to which they can refer.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I am passionate about what I teach. I can find ways to help students be passionate about it by relating it to what they like.

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

I find different ways to explain things that teach to different learning styles so that students can find what works for them to understand a concept.

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

We take it piece by piece. I ask students to read one sentence at a time and then discuss what the sentence meant.

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

I get to know the student. What is the student passionate about and how does it relate to the subject? How does the student learn?

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

I relate the subject to something that they are passionate about.

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

I primarily use teach-back. I ask the student to explain the subject back to me. If the student can teach the topic, then they understand it.

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

I provide positive feedback. Students know they are right. If a student is not right, I find what they did right and tell them. Then we go and find what they can do better.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Teach-back is excellent. When a student teaches a topic to me, I can tell where their knowledge or understanding is lacking.

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

I teach to my student's learning style. I have a lot of experience with kinesthetic learners.

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

I use a lot of drawings and objects to assist in basic math visualization. I have my own notes that I have kept.