Greetings students and parents! My name is Janessa H. I am 29 years old. I am currently employed full-time at a local credit union as a Head Teller/Loan Officer. It is my desire to become a tutor, not only to supplement my current employment, but to satisfy my desire to assist students in achieving their educational goals. Specifically, I specialize in Writing and Reading.
I am a graduate from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh CACREP-accredited counseling program. I received a Master of Science in College and Agency Counseling, Student Affairs Professional Practice (GPA: 3.96). I also received my Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (with Cum Laude honors) from the same institution. During my tenure at SUNY Plattsburgh, I became a member of several honor societies: Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology/Criminal Justice Honor Society, Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, Chi Alpha Epsilon EOP Honor Society, and Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society. I was very active on campus. I was elected by the student body as a Senator and Executive Vice President of the Student Association and served on a variety of boards and committees. Some of these included: Mental Health Advisory Board, Student Health Advisory Committee, SMART Success Intervention Team, and the Alcohol & Other Drug Task Force. I also had an opportunity at the end of my graduate program to teach a section of the Freshmen Experience Seminar (FES), which is required of all matriculated freshmen at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Tutoring is not something that is new to me. For three years, I tutored a variety of subjects for students in the Upward-Bound Summer Program and for one year in their Academic Program. Unofficially, I have always been a tutor of sorts...especially with writing. I love to write, and I have always had a talent with writing. Naturally, those who were not as confident in their ability to write would seek me out to assist them. I always enjoyed helping others find their "voice" in their writing. However, it wasn't until my FES teaching experience that I realized how important it is to tutor writing. My experience teaching FES showed me how vastly unprepared many of the students were for college-level writing. In college, there is an expectation that the most basic writing concepts (spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, etc.) will be adhered to at the outset, and that students will use these concepts as a foundation for more complex writing. Therefore, those students who have difficulty with writing, whether it be the fundamental concepts or simply a disdain for writing, are at a disadvantage. That's where I come in.
Tutoring is a collaborative effort between the tutor and the student. It will be my responsibility to be prepared for tutoring sessions, be sure the student understands what we are trying to accomplish during the session, give constructive and beneficial feedback, ascertain which area(s) the student is having difficulty, and to assist the student in overcoming that difficulty. It is the student's responsibility to also be prepared, ask questions when they arise, be willing to take direction when necessary, and to put forth the effort to improve. I understand that tutoring is not something to be taken lightly, and the student should understand this as well. As with any working relationship, I believe it is of the utmost importance to first establish a rapport with the student. You cannot work with someone you do not trust, and I want students and parents to trust that I can help.
Contact me today, and get working toward that "A"!
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