I spent a year as a classroom assistant for Prealgebra and Algebra, so I have a lot of practice explaining these concepts.
I spent a year as a classroom assistant for Prealgebra and Algebra, so I have a lot of practice explaining these concepts. While I do not think I have yet had the opportunity to engage with students on second-year algebra, this is still a subject I understand easily and enjoy.
In college, I majored in "Critical Social Thought," which is a social studies major requiring students to think critically about different processes through the course of history that have shaped how society is. Therefore, I am excellent at helping make more dry "names and dates" history relevant and engaging in addition to having an excellent grasp on this country's history.
I taught after-school programming with students K-8 for several years. I taught lessons in a variety of subjects, including science and literacy, and provide homework support. Prior to that, I worked at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, NY as an instructor for Project Green Reach, where I taught gardening and science to 3rd through 8th graders. Currently, I am enrolled in online courses in Early Childhood Education.
I was blessed with a godmother who is an incredibly creative and skilled math teacher, and I spent a lot of time with her growing up. This has contributed to my very solid understanding of math and my wealth of ideas on how to teach it creatively!
As an after school gardening teacher, much of what I taught kids was plant science. I have conducted several long-term science experiments with kids and done plenty of shorter lessons on plants, bugs, weather, and more. I am also comfortable with science that has little to do with gardening!
I have a liberal arts degree, which means that my college curriculum was reading and writing-intense. I was a sought-after editor among my friends in college and have since worked as a paper editor for students at Temple University.
For high school students and younger, I am familiar with standard essay formats and can help with all parts of the writing process. I also have plenty of creative ways to help students engage with and understand texts.
My most recent tutoring job was a long-term position teaching an individualized English program to an advanced professional adult student from Brazil. I have experience working with ESL university students from China and enjoy the challenge of helping them find the right words to convey their thoughts. On an elementary level, I worked in after-school programming with ESL kindergarten and first graders from Spanish-speaking households.
I am bilingual in English and Spanish, which, besides helping me to communicate with Spanish-speakers, allows me to empathize with English language learners more than some teachers.
Geography is an often-overlooked subject in this country but can in fact be a lot more complicated and exciting than some think. Much of my inter-disciplinary college degree was in urban geography. I have made maps with kids of various ages in my work in after school programming and love helping them realize that they have plenty of personal maps in their heads that they use every day. I realize that often geography homework is less exciting and personal, but I believe this understanding helps to make the material more relevant and easier to understand.
In my time a classroom assistant, I spent a semester in a geometry classroom. Math is a fun puzzle to me, and I try to make my enthusiasm contagious to students.
I have worked with ESL students, so I have a firm grasp of grammar and am practiced in explaining the rules clearly. For students who think more visually, I use sentence diagramming.
In high school, I completed the coursework (and passed the test for) International Baccalaureate "Higher Level" mathematics, which included a great deal of graphing. I also spent a year as a classroom assistant for algebra classes in a high school. These classes covered linear algebra.
I worked exclusively with kindergarten and 1st grade students for a year, which included a lot of beginning literacy and phonics. For professional development in this capacity, I took a training on integrating literacy work into all subjects and familiarized myself with the "100 Book Challenge" program many schools in Philadelphia use.
I have also done phonemic awareness and phonics work with a student to prepare him for kindergarten.
I have read extensively on emerging literacy and am currently enrolled in courses in Early Childhood Education.
I spent a year as a classroom assistant for Prealgebra and Algebra 1, so I have a lot of experience explaining these concepts.
I am an excellent writer. Many of my students use me for in-depth proofreading/paper editing. We go over their papers very carefully and I explain clearly what I would change and why. Of course, I am also capable of proofreading in less depth with less detailed explanations.
I worked in K-8 after school programming for over three years, and have a passion for children's literature. I am familiar with the YET literacy program (this is the program that includes the 100 book challenge and books that are color-coded by difficulty: yellow, green, blue, red, etc.). I also completed a United Way CITI training on how to infuse literacy into Project-Based Learning which helped me learn how to sneak literacy into almost anything.
I have spoken Spanish since I was a toddler, worked for years in a bilingual environment, and completed a major in Spanish in college.
Spelling is a combination of phonics and route memorization. For some students it is harder than others. The trick to teaching it is to find out an individual student's learning style and help them discover how they learn best--I have plenty of experience doing this within after school programming (homework time and beyond) and in one-on-one tutoring situations.
My philosophy as a tutor is to help students learn to teach themselves. I love helping them discover how to organize and study notes in a way that works best with their unique learning style.
I remember very clearly the process of learning how to take good notes in 6th grade, something that helped me throughout high school and college, where I maintained a 3.94 GPA.
History has always been one of my favorite subjects. I encourage students to think critically about cause and effect and to make connections to events happening today that effect them directly.
I know how to write excellent papers and can explain to students how to better their own. I have worked on papers with ESL university students, so I have practice making my explanations as simple and effective as possible.