I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of the Arts in English Literature, wherein I received High Honors. While in school I learned that the determining factor for success in a classroom was enthusiasm for the subject matter. I found that my innate enthusiasm was not the best indicator for whether I would be enthusiastic about a class. Rather, the instructor's enthusiasm, and their capacity to express their enthusiasm, had a much greater impact on my experience with and interest in the subject. I could enter a class with low expectations and leave riveted and excited simply by experiencing the teacher's passion for what they taught. Passionate teachers are the cornerstone of learning, both because they teach with enthusiasm, and because their enthusiasm drives them to go the extra mile in ensuring that their material is understood. They stay after class, they work on an individual basis, they show interest in the students and make themselves available whenever possible to better foster a prosperous learning environment. The subject is important to the teacher, and so it becomes important to the student. I have implemented these lessons in my experience being a tutor.
Communication is valuable to me. It is a treasured asset that I have the ability to impart on my students. I begin lessons with creative storytelling, analogies, whatever I can find as a fun and exciting introduction to the material. Then I break it down in a formulaic manner, so that the intricacies of the subject can be studied and understood. This engages students in the material and gives them guideposts that prevent them from getting bogged down specifics. I then give the students time to develop their understanding individually, letting them practice on their own. They are given the opportunity to not simply memorize lists of definitions, but to follow ideas to their natural conclusions and develop the critical thinking skills that lead to intimate understanding. This approach can be tailored to different learning styles, of course. I am flexible and receptive to suggestions from parents or teachers in determining the best way to cater to individual students' needs.
I have 3 years of volunteer tutoring experience. I worked for a year in an elementary school as a teacher's assistant, helping with the lesson plans and giving guidance to any students who needed help. I also had time set aside for groups of students. We had a group for talented and gifted students who would work on yearlong projects in different subjects, and we had a group for students that were in danger of falling behind. In both cases, I made myself available to the students in whatever capacity I could, staying after class, meeting with parents, and assisting in coursework. I also worked for two years at an after school care program, where I helped students develop reading and writing skills, and assisted with homework.
I want to help students in whatever way I am able, and so I welcome all suggestions from students or parents. I am easy to reach and will always respond in a timely manner. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to schedule a lesson.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Cincinnati-Main Campus - Bachelor in Arts, English
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