I became a tutor because I have a passion for a subject many find difficult, math. When I was a student in high school I didn't care for math because it scared me. I was under the impression you had to be super smart to understand complex math so I found it hard to apply myself if I would just fail anyway. As a teenager I never would have seen myself as a tutor or teacher. Then I became a mom. I have four children and we home school. It was through teaching them that I found my passion for education. Finding new ways to teach to each of my kids needs helps me better understand each subject we cover! Also, it inspired me to go back to school and work towards a degree! I am now working to become a high school math teacher. I am working on my Associates of Arts in Teaching now so that I can work on my Bachelor's Degree to accomplish this goal. My desire to work with students stems from my reluctance to be a good student when I was younger. Fear of failure was so terrifying that not trying was safer and less disappointing. I want to teach my students that it's okay to slip once in a while, it's okay to need help, and it's okay to ask when we need it. Building a stamina and persistence in working on problems that we don't understand and finding new ways to look at a topic are the keys to a student being able to learn on their own with confidence and pride.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Ozarks Technical Community College - Current Undergrad, Associates of Arts in Teaching
My interests are Math, Teaching, Reading Fantasy Series, Playing Dungeons & Dragons and Magic The Gathering Hobbies: Crocheting and Crafts
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being flexible and creative. There is always more than one way to look at a problem. The key is teaching that it is okay to take a step back when one approach doesn't work in order to find a new one. In my experience, this attitude has been the most successful when starting to work with students.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence by teaching them that struggling is not the same as failing. When we struggle with a concept, but persevere until we get the right answer, we build a stamina and a better understanding of our learning pattern. When a student can truly understand the way they learn, then they can take steps towards teaching themselves. It is important to me to see my students teach the topic they are on. When they are sure enough of the material they are learning to be able to teach it, then they have mastered that information. Building pride and confidence within my students is the goal of this system.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
For my sessions, I utilize the Online Tutoring Platform. From there, I have a large amount of teaching material at my disposal. There is access to flashcards, questions with detailed answers and explanations, as well as the option to implement any additional teaching aides as necessary. Through the platform, I have the ability to upload worksheets and any extra flashcards. There are also great tools to work through problems to determine exactly why they work to get each answer. I like to keep the base materials as simple as possible for my students: paper, pencil, and laptop. We will also work from their school book and use material that best suits their learning style. It will change for each student, but overall, I will be keeping excess materials to a minimum.