I help students become better learners, not just memorize facts. My teaching style is to first understand the learning strengths and needs of a student from their own perspective. As a masters-level counseling student, I am formally trained to listen to a student’s learning needs with compassion and curiosity, and quickly identify their strengths. Through this process, I can help the student uncover the true nature of their learning struggles. Surprisingly, the problem is often not what one initially believes it is!
From there, I immerse myself in the students’ “learning worldview” by asking them to tell me the ways in which they understand the current material. Together we then set learning goals for the new ways they would like to understand their subjects. Despite my student-centered style, my tutoring sessions are more than a form of academic counseling. I focus on students‘ existing strengths, and together we find underlying concepts and processes within the material. From there I help the students find their own best way of understanding.
My teaching and tutoring experience ranges from elementary school to graduate level, covers a variety of topics, and takes many forms. In the spring semester of 2013, I was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Biological Anthropology at a university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The previous spring, I was the graduate teaching assistant for a freshman seminar course called Science and the Human Experience. I also served as a volunteer graduate student tutor, in which I helped fellow graduate students with economics and statistic material and writing.
While working on my undergraduate degree, I trained a staff of more than 20 writers in news and feature writing for publication. Also during my undergraduate years, I assisted students with writing and editing at a writing resource center, as well as taught English as a non-native language to adults. I have served as a volunteer reading tutor to help struggling third-graders master grade level reading skills.
I am currently a graduate student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Georgia State University. My ongoing training as a counselor has taught me formalized listening and communication skills, which makes me both a compassionate and effective tutor. By first actively listening to understand the learning needs of an individual I can better provide targeted tutoring services while making the student feel comfortable with the tutoring process. Counselor training has also helped me develop an ability to quickly identify strengths of an individual and work collaboratively to maximize them within a tutoring context.
From my years of experience, one important thing I’ve learned about tutoring is that the most effective way to teach is to “take it off the page.” In other words, it is often helpful for a student who is struggling with something to engage with it in a new way or from a different perspective, such as talking about the ideas expressed in a paper instead of reading through it with me line by line.
I am available to work between 10 and 15 hours per week as a tutor, during the day or in the evenings depending on the day of the week. I am available to work all months of the year.
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