AMAZE your friends, impress your enemies, and get into the college of your choice with a little help from a good tutor. Hi! I'm a 2014 graduate of Regent University's excellent Communications and English programs and excited to work with students developing skills and abilities they will need to successfully navigate college and the waters beyond it. Teaching has always been my passion, especially one on one, and together we can develop an game plan to help you not only learn the material you need to know, but how to retain information more effectively overall. I have multiple years of experience in tutoring and can work with many different learning styles to help foster success and an interest in learning.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Regent University - Bachelors, Communications/English
SAT Writing: 740
Reading, volleyball, fencing, coffee, general shenanigans, Marvel Comics in all it's forms.
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching is about communicating better ways to learn, not just passing along rote information. It’s an amazing opportunity to shape a person's attitude towards education and motivate them to care about the process as well as the goal.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Learn about their favorite ways to learn and what things they are truly passionate so we can funnel that energy into even the subjects they don't care for as much. We'd also set up a plan to tackle projects/upcoming tests so they have a strategy for preparation and can self-motivate.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Give them small, achievable goals and positively reinforce any work completed on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will try to give them perspective on how even small assignments have an effect on what they'll be doing down the road, encouraging them through the tougher pieces and keeping them focused on what their success could mean for their future dreams/careers.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Break it down into small, manageable increments, and if that is unsuccessful, try a different style of teaching (getting them to try a hands-on approach, writing it down for themselves, have them repeat their understanding of it back to me to locate any misconceptions).
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Words are my favorite, so I try to help those who struggle with this subject to take sentences in small pieces, breaking down words into their meanings (multiple if necessary) and then analyzing sentences. This is a slow process so I stay very positive and praise even small successes so that the student doesn't get frustrated and sees it as a treasure hunt or code breaking instead of stressful.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Bonding over shared interests or what they truly care about is usually a great place to start. Then we talk about how they feel about having a tutor- some kids know they're being made to do this- and try to help them understand how I can help. Then we break down their goals, and help refine them so they seem less overwhelming. Kids often get apathetic when they don't see the point of something.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Having them repeat it back in their own words is a great method- also having them apply the concept to a new problem/question/writing prompt, having them identify any exceptions to the rules expressed.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Encouraging them along the way, obviously, and trying to get them to do as much of it as they can on their own. Kids know when they're being spoon-fed and can get careless. Keeping them involved in every step of the process makes them feel invested and confident.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Try to see where they are unsure of themselves or areas they try to avoid. Adapt to their learning style, some students feel lost only listening to instructions and grasp concepts much quicker by writing them down or trying a more kinesthetic approach.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Changing my style involves adding more visuals, giving them out-of-the-box examples or exercises, and being patient with the process. Students thrive where they feel successful, so taking it slowly and reminding them they are doing great by applying themselves is my base approach.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Lots! I like my sessions to be memorable, so I use visuals, sometimes anagrams to improve memory, I've used flashcards, even the hangman game! The whiteboard feature in the online platform offers allows for a lot of interactive work with the students, which expands the possibilities a lot.