Hello! My name is Asha. I live in Los Angeles, and am an entertainment industry professional. Aside from my 15 years of media experience, I have also dedicated a lot of time to tutoring and teaching high school and elementary students. I am passionate about the value of education and mentoring in the life of youth and hope to be a positive influence on the students I tutor through this program.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Griffith University Brisbane Australia - Bachelor in Arts, Journalism
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
COMPASS Reading Prep
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every person deserves the best education and a mentor to help them to learn. I believe a positive influence in the life of a student can make a huge difference in their future.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them, and assess their personality and learning style. I will make sure to have friendly conversations with them so they know I am their friend as well as their tutor. I believe this fosters trust and respect.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Positive affirmation and continual persistence, especially when they are finding a task difficult. The more they learn to figure something out on their own, the more satisfying it is for them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Perhaps inspire them by sharing stories about prominent public figures and role models who succeeded because they persisted with education.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Assess why they find it difficult by asking how they feel about it. Getting to a personal level with a student when they are struggling with something can open up new avenues of finding a solution.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Start by identifying letters, then sounds, and finally working on the whole word. Use picture association. Repetitive reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being very affirmative and encouraging when they are on the right track or getting answers correct, to inspire them to keep going.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Ask them what they want to do as a career when they leave school. Perhaps inspire them with a list of career options available for those who excel in a subject they dislike to see if that sparks an interest.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Find out what textbooks they use, ask them what their teacher has been sharing at school, and look through past homework if it is available.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive affirmation and encouragement. Let them know that just because they may not understand something right away, doesn't mean they won't excel eventually.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By asking them questions, getting to know a bit about their social and family life, and gauging their feelings on certain subjects.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By getting to know them on a personal level and finding ways to relate my teaching style to them. Identifying any weaknesses or strengths that can help me better understand where they are at.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
A calculator, Google, pens and pencil, scrap paper, highlighters, etc.