Because I have ADHD, I understand how people with ADHD think. Developing effective organization, time management, and study skills was critical to my success in school and is critical to the success of anyone who thinks on a different wavelength from others. ADHD can be a disability, but most of the time it simply requires a different approach to learning--an approach I am happy to provide.
While I lack a degree in music, I studied music formally in college, concurrent with my study of theater. I also come from a musical family, so I've always had a keenly developed ear, and actually tested out of my school's ear training class.
The bulk of my tutoring experience is with K-6 students. In particular, I worked with an at-risk student in my home town for a year when he was in danger of holdover in the 5th grade. Because of our work together, he not only graduated, but rose two grade levels in reading comprehension. What I brought to him is what I bring to all of my young students: patience, guidance, and respect.
I come from a family of mathematicians, the kinds of people who can look at a column of numbers and immediately understand what they mean. Since most of my work has been with elementary-aged children, I'm also used to breaking down mathematical concepts in a way that children can readily understand. I also encourage basic numeracy, such as memorizing basic addition and multiplication tables to allow for quicker working out of problems.
English is my strongest subject, as my respective perfect and near-perfect scores on the reading and writing sections of the SAT will show. I have devoted my life to the understanding and mastery of the language I love so well, and will be happy to share that joy with you.
Music has been a part of my life since I was born. While my formal degree is in theater, I studied music concurrently with my theater studies and then took a year off after school to devote myself entirely to studying music. Whether it be music appreciation, music history, or musical literacy, I can take on any musical subject with ease.
I am an Excel expert. My roommate wrote an Excel tutoring course and passed the material along to me so that I could learn the program too. Since then, I have landed several temp jobs that revolved around my mastery of Excel, including a few tricks and shortcuts that many people aren't aware of.
I am a lifelong musician, pianist, composer, singer, and voracious music theory nerd. During my years as an undergraduate musical theater major, I kept up my musical studies concurrently with my theatrical studies, going so far as to enroll in the music majors' second-year theory course by testing out of the first year. I can tutor any area of music theory, from basic literacy to post-romantic and post-tonal harmonic analysis.
As a lifelong actor with a BFA in theater, I have always been a natural public speaker. As a director, I have been able to draw upon my acting skills to make myself a very effective teacher of acting to others, and public speaking is, after all, acting. I can work with students at any level, from teaching how to overcome basic stage fright to teaching how to most effectively craft and present a speech.
The bulk of my tutoring experience has been in the teaching of reading comprehension. In fact, my main pupil rose two grade levels in reading comprehension as a result of his work with me. My approach involves first teaching the basics of how to read and (if needed) annotate a passage, then teaching the most effective way to refer back to the passage to answer questions.
As a lifelong singer and pianist, sight-singing has always been a particular skill of mine. I teach sight-singing the way I learned it, with the movable-do solfege system and hand gestures to connect the solfege syllables to physical movement. I also have a bag of tricks and shortcuts that I've developed over the years that I'm happy to share.
I considered writing this in Spanish, but thought better of it. During my childhood in South Texas, learning Spanish was almost a necessary skill. I have been bilingual since the age of 4 and went on to formalize my Spanish skills in high school, where I took bilingual classes. In a class full of native speakers, I was the only one who passed the test on the subjunctive mood. I can tutor any level of Spanish vocabulary and grammar up through senior year of high school.
As someone with ADHD, I have always been keenly aware of the need to develop strong study habits and organizational skills. In working with a new student, my first step is always to look at *how* the student studies so that I can see if there are any fundamental changes that could be made to better facilitate learning. This generally involves mapping out concepts, organizing paperwork into categorized folders, and writing out detailed nightly study plans. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from Wright State University.
I have a BFA in Acting with an emphasis in Musical Theater from Wright State University. I have also worked extensively as a director of projects including one-act plays and full-length productions. My experience of the theatrical process from both sides of the table greatly informs my work as a teacher and makes me effective as a scene coach, monologue coach, or general public speaking mentor.
Vocabulary is more than knowing a bunch of big words. It's knowing when and how to use them to the point that they become second nature. My method of teaching vocabulary relies on this general ethos and a few tricks that I picked up from my grandfather to enable you to expand your vocabulary without sounding like you're trying to.
Good writing should be clear, direct, succinct, and free of unneccessary adornment. My teaching of the writing process involves first teaching the basic structure of an evidence-based argument, then teaching the student how to hang elements on that framework and rearrange them in increasingly complex ways. The final element is teaching students how to proofread and edit to add the final polish to their writing.