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I am a certified teacher for middle and high school but have tutored elementary students as well. As a certified classroom teacher for middle and high school, I know the importance of the foundational skills students must learn in elementary school to be successful in middle school and beyond. When students are in elementary school, they need to work on the memorization of key facts, which is often viewed as a chore. My goal as a tutor is to make learning fun. I love to use tools such as play-dough and coloring sheets to help my students engage in their learning.
I have worked with middle and high school ESL students in the classroom and one-on-one for the past 3 years. I believe I am successful with ESL students because I have had several personal experiences as a non-native speaker. In high school, I studied abroad for a semester in Germany. Additionally, my husband's family often speaks exclusively in their native language. These experiences have allowed me to empathize with ESL students. I am a very patient tutor and truly enjoy helping ESL students feel more comfortable and confident as they work on their English skills.
Genetics is a discipline of biology that focuses on the genes, heredity, and variation found in living organisms. As a Biology major at The College of William and Mary, I really enjoyed this course. As a certified science teacher, I have helped many students navigate this topic. Topics in genetics range from the tiny molecules that make up DNA to the proteins that DNA molecules code for. Proteins created through the transcription and translation process are used in a variety of ways by organisms and make up their visible characteristics. For this reason, genetics is appealing to those interested in biology at the microscopic level as well as the macroscopic level. I'd love to be your guide to this exciting subject.
As a certified teacher, I had to study for and take the Praxis exam. In addition to the Praxis, I have also passed the MTEL and TEA tests. I am happy to help other educators prepare for this test and share my experiences.
Study skills are so important to student success in any subject. I work with students to first find an organizational method that works best for them. Next, I help students break down the material from the eyes of an instructor. Finally, I stress the importance of time management and work with students to help them develop this skill.
This is one of the most important skills students can learn for school and life! As a teacher, I have witnessed very smart students perform poorly due to a lack of study and organizational skills. I enjoy helping students recognize the value of strong study skills and seeing their grades improve as a result of our work together. Let's set your student up for success today!