Greetings students and parents! My name is Amanda, and I am a senior working towards my bachelors in chemistry
with minors in philosophy
at the University of Kentucky here in Lexington. I am offering my services as a tutor in a wide variety of classes depending on the age and needs of the student(s).
I have performed volunteer tutoring for both young children and peers for over six years. My experience has ranged from elementary level coursework in spelling
comprehension, and basic science
through high school level English
, chemistry, history
. I have also given tutoring in college entry level chemistry, biology, English, and math courses and organic chemistry
(CHE 105-107 through CHE 230). As needed, I have also tutored in computers, particularly Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel
While my specialty lies in the sciences, I am adept in a number of courses and general subjects. I graduated salutatorian from my high school class in 2008 with 15 hours of college credit prior to entering the University of Kentucky: six hours in English, three in calculus, three in statistics
, and three in US government. Upon my final taking of the ACT
, I received a 36 in the reading and a 35 in the language
In regards to my work with children, I have tutored in a variety of topics, though the focus was generally with math, reading, and spelling/grammar
. These students were typically in first through fourth grade
and were taught both individually and in small groups (3-5 students). While I am accustomed to tutoring younger children at home, it is up to the parent(s) to determine where they would be most comfortable completing the lessons (be that at home, at a public location such as the library, and so on).
Please feel free to refer to my subjects list for details on what services I offer.
Regardless of the age of the student, I prefer to take the first meeting as time to get to know the student (and parents) and observe how the student studies and works on problems in the difficult subjects. Experience has shown me that a level of trust must be built between student and tutor before a student (especially younger children) becomes more receptive to teaching methods, and the first few meetings are crucial for this development. I also tend to take notes as needed so that I can mark core problem areas and determine the best course of action for later lessons.
I believe that everyone learns in different ways, and as a tutor it is my responsibility to watch and adapt so that I may reach a student in the manner that best suits their learning methods. In explaining a problem, generally I will use examples either from their own textbook or those found online and work through the problem step by step, detailing my thought process to the student as I reach the conclusion. In doing so, I hope to point out similarities in problem types and key problem solving steps that tend to be the same with those types. Then I have the student repeat the process back to me with a number of practice problems. I do this because I believe that the most important way to solidify knowledge is to share and teach it. In this way I have the student 'teach' me how they do the problem, explaining to me his or her thought process and steps. This also allows me to more specifically point out any misunderstandings and make corrections as needed. If time permits, I prefer to look over the actual homework problems and be present with the student as he/she works on some of the given set, having the student again explain the problem to me as it is worked. If requested, I am comfortable with finding and making my own problem sets for a student out of their textbook or from online sources in order to encourage more practice and hammer down tougher concepts.
If a student and the parents (if applicable) are comfortable, I also like to keep a small list detailing the grades of the homework sets, quizzes, and tests made throughout the time tutoring. This allows me as a tutor to see if my methods are working and where I can improve as needed. Also, it serves as an excellent means to boost student confidence in seeing how progress is being made and a better understanding of the material is being reached. This is completely optional.
I hope that I can be of service! I've always had a passion for learning and a desire to help others find that passion as well. Best of luck to all of you in your studies!