I live in a world of words! I can tutor you in pre-college or college-level writing, research, grammar, style, and format. I have four years of experience teaching college-level public speaking and critical listening. This includes working with students on research methods, outline & bibliography formatting (APA & MLA styles), delivery, and writing/creative writing skills. I tutor students on an individual-needs basis; for example, if a student is having trouble formatting their outline & bibliography, I would meet with them one-on-one to go over exactly what they are having trouble with. In addition, I would give them the tools needed to complete the assignment on their own once they leave our meeting.
If follow up is needed, that is not a problem. Learning is a process and is different with each student. Some students learn through doing, some through watching, and some independently. I cater to individual learning methods when I teach/tutor. I also hold students accountable for the assignments and deadlines they have. While I am fair, I emphasize that accountability in education is the key to a successful transition into the working world. I follow many of the Montessori methods of teaching/tutoring, such as:
1) to respect individual differences, and to emphasize social interaction and the education of the whole personality rather than the teaching of a specific body of knowledge;
2) to see students as they really are and creating environments which foster the fulfillment of their highest potential - spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual - as members of a family and the the world community; and
3) to serve the needs of students of all levels of mental and physical ability as they live and learn in a natural, mixed-age group which is very much like the society they will live in as adults.
Since my focus is on a general educational course, public speaking, I tend to focus intently on a skills-oriented curriculum. Successful public speaking is almost like a recipe that incorporates many ingredients, or skills, such as learning research methods, creating formal speaking outlines and bibliographies, incorporating visual aids, and practicing delivery methods. For example, when I teach research methods, we select a topic as a class, and actually do the research. We begin with a tutorial of the online library databases, and also perform a good scholarly website search. We also select photos or data that could be incorporated into an effective visual aid, and write out the bibliography together. The students really enjoy this process, as most are not skilled in scholarly research methods prior to taking a collegiate general education course.
I teach by incorporating the three basic learning styles: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. All students learn differently, so I use these styles in my tutoring sessions to ensure each student has an opportunity to experience the way they learn best. For example, many students are visual learners, so I show a lot of videos. Some are from our online course media catalog, but many are from YouTube, as some students relate very well to social media. I show funny commercials during the persuasive unit and then quiz them on how pathos was used in each commercial. I also show real student speech videos, which we then discuss at length to examine both what the student did well and what they need to work on. “Seeing” how oral communication is used in real life is immensely helpful to my visual learners.
My instructional strengths include promoting a climate of respect, diversity, diplomacy, approachability, and skills-based learning. At the beginning of each tutoring session, I envision each student’s progress at the end of the session. On the last day of class, my students speak briefly on what they have improved upon, but also what they need to continue to improve upon. These self-assessments include statements from, “I am no longer nervous speaking in front of a group” to “I need to focus more on my delivery skills”. One student even said, “I learned all the skills I need in this class to become a stand-up comedian”. I feel certain I will see him on the comedy circuit one day in the near future. These self-assessments are what make me proud to be a speech instructor.
back to top