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Hi! I’m Jenna, a graduate student of Sociology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Having grown up and earning my undergraduate degrees in rural Michigan, acclimating to life (and weather!) in a desert city the past five years has been quite an interesting adventure. When I’m not busy being a student or instructor I enjoy being outdoors, volunteering, spoiling my nieces and nephews, and attempting to garden.
My tutoring style is built on a foundation of trust and care. To me, knowing a student's name, personal interests, and anxieties is just as important as understanding their learning style and specific educational goals. I typically begin sessions with at least a chat about what's going on in their life. It's unfair, unrealistic, and counterproductive to my goals as a tutor to treat students as though they are only students.
I volunteered and worked as a tutor through high school and college. Although I greatly enjoy teaching large classes in my current role as a graduate student, I do miss the fulfillment of one-on-one teaching and the challenges of envisioning new ways to connect with one specific mind in contrast to broad teaching approaches in a typical classroom. I view tutoring as a chance to teach not only a specific topic or lesson but also an opportunity to mentor and model success, motivation, and kindness.
In today’s fast paced information world we are constantly bombarded by numbers, and understanding how to interpret and critically evaluate statistics is a vital skill. However in my experience, students are so intimidated and fearful of statistics courses. It does not have to be this way! Statistics is by far my favorite subject to teach because it provides so many opportunities for students to gain confidence and overcome challenges. I pride myself on being unapologetically enthusiastic about statistics, and students frequently tell me that my attitude is contagious despite their initial reluctance.
I have completed statistics courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level as part of my requirements for my bachelors and masters degrees. During my time as a graduate student, I have also been a lab instructor of undergraduate and graduate level statistics courses which include introductions to data processing software such as SPSS.
My approach to tutoring sessions of writing is highly customized to the skills and needs of each student. However, sessions typically involve reviewing the goals of the writing assignment, discussing with the student what their immediate and long term goals for are for the assignment, fully reading the student’s work in its current stage of completion, and then consulting with the student about how to improve their writing. Usually during the beginning stages of the writing process, sessions will focus on “higher order concerns” such as brainstorming, developing ideas, and meaningfully organizing those ideas. “Lesser order concerns” including grammar and word choice are left for the later stages of writing once the student has completed the majority of the writing process and is ready to fine-tune their work.
As an undergraduate, I worked as a writing tutor for four years at my university where I assisted students of all backgrounds and majors in a wide variety of writing projects and citation styles. I’ve won several awards for my writing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
I have earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in sociology, and I am currently a doctoral student of sociology with specialty areas of environmental sociology, social movements, research methods, and social statistics. In teaching sociology courses, my goal is to introduce students to new perspectives and tools with which to understand and analyze their social world. Topics range from theory and methods, culture and socialization, inequality and stratification, social change and collective behavior, and much more. As a sociologist, the world is my classroom and lab. I can’t wait to help students discover their surroundings with new eyes too!
I have earned both a B.A. and M.A. in sociology and continue to work toward my Ph.D. Not only do I hold an excellent GPA (4.0), I have taught various college and graduate-level sociology courses in both in-class and online environments over the past five years. My teaching assignments have included lab sessions and office hours in which I have had opportunities to work closely with small groups as well as individual students, similar to tutoring contexts.
I took undergrad social stats (grade of A), graduate statistics (grade of A). I was a teaching assistant of undergraduate statistics and lab, a teaching assistant of graduate statistics and lab. I have four years of tutoring at college level, five years of teaching at the college level.
I spent 4 years tutoring undergraduate and graduate student writing in wide variety of subjects.
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