University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR (English)
I am new to tutoring, so I am as eager to learn from the experience as my students are to learn from me. I have always loved school and made good grades, including several awards in high school and college for excelling in biology, Spanish, and English studies. Though I was an honor graduate in high school and started college on an academic scholarship, it did not always come easy for me. I can relate to a student needing help with certain subjects because I had to work hard to maintain my grade point average. I feel this gives me a valuable perspective into any student who needs additional help with one or two subjects, or even all of them.
I do not have an Arkansas teaching certificate, but I have a college degree and took education classes including child psychology and educational psychology. I have been a substitute teacher for the last three years and especially enjoy older students (middle and high school). Since I teach a variety of classes, including those that were difficult for me when I was a student, I still have to research topics to stay current in order to be able to answer questions and work one-on-one with students who need additional help. I often select assignments in the contained classroom (ADHD, autistic spectrum disorders, Asperger's syndrome) and resource classes(students who need specialized instruction in a small group setting for a portion of the day) because many substitute teachers think these classes are more difficult and avoid them. These are some of my most fulfilling classes because it is easier to see student improvement than in large general educational classes.
I expect communication with parents/guardians and am open to reasonable suggestions for accommodating the student, though I make the final decision about rules and expectations. I like to make learning fun, but I also expect even the fun projects to be geared toward learning, and there will be some lessons that the student may find boring. I assign homework but do not want to overwhelm the student. My classes are individualized for each tutee, and as I get to know the individual and his or her learning style and needs, I can fine tune our approach. I embrace positive reinforcement and work to separate a student from identifying with negative self images. I am genuinely proud of them for making progress, and that attitude shows.
Before we start the lessons, I prefer to meet with the parents and student for one free "ice breaker" session to discuss goals, ask questions, and get to know each other. Unless it becomes a habit, I will have a liberal cancellation policy with the opportunity for make up lessons, but if a student shows up late without calling, that will cut into his/her lesson time, which will end as scheduled. We will meet at a library or book store chain, and students will not eat during the tutoring session or use a cell phone - except in emergencies - in order to make the most of our time together.
I look forward to hearing from you and encourage you to try a risk-free, no-cost introductory meeting to decide if you would like for us to work together. I am new to tutoring, so I am as eager to learn from the experience as my students are to learn from me. I have always loved school and made good grades, including several awards in high school and college for excelling in biology, Spanish, and English studies. Though I was an honor graduate in high school and started college on an academic
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I have taken speech classes in school and understand the fear of speaking to an audience of peers as well as strangers.
To improve my public speaking skills, I participated in Toastmasters International, an organization that has a winning formula for improving public speaking.
My tutoring emphasizes the importance of knowing your subject material, practicing until you are comfortable with it, staying within your time frame, and preparing to answer questions. The sessions will start with short speeches on subjects that interest the student and progress to assigned subjects that may not be familiar to the student. Each speech will be evaluated listing areas for improvement as well as strong points. As the tutee's skills and confidence progress, I will arrange for low-stress speaking engagements.