St. John's University (Communication Arts)
As a child I had an insatiable appetite for learning and have since realized the best way to share that same appetite is through teaching. I have spent many spare hours tutoring kids from kindergarten to grade 10 beginning as early as my 8th grade year where I assisted Kindergarteners with learning the Alphabet and vowel sounds. To say it was my favorite experience as a tutor is a an easy one as it did lead me to pursue further tutoring jobs.
In high school I joined the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters society to mentor children at a non-local elementary school. I usually lent a hand with math and reading homework. The patience I learned from this experience was phenomenal as these students, though older than my previous class, were significantly more disadvantaged. At the same time in high school I was enrolled in a Small Learning Community dedicated to teaching. I took courses such as child development and child psychology but I was also graded on my ability to tutor children. I would spend an entire school year visiting their campus and assisting 1st graders with reading, math, and critical thinking skills. The latter was of course my favorite. I also participated as a tutor in a 5th grade class of dual language learners where students learned all subjects simultaneously in English and Spanish. The coursework was so rewarding even though my kids thought I was a nerd. I have also recently worked part time at an after school tutoring and homework center where I assisted students with all subjects in grades 4-7. My specialty is English but I am also very gifted in History, Science, and Math (common core included).
Through all of this experience I have learned so many lessons about teaching. The first was an extraordinary amount of patience is required. The second was fairness as students all progress at their own levels and it was unfair to suppress the advanced or neglect the stragglers of any lesson. This is always a constant struggle but when properly balanced made the most effective change in students. The last and probably my favorite lesson in teaching is to nurture a child's critical thinking skills. No matter the subject, if a child has a question, I will ask the child questions relevant to theirs until they are able to find it themselves. Occasionally a nudge is required but they are always able to piece ideas together which of course helps them in the future and not just on one problem. I have found the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. When a child has learned they will teach it to you or their friends and learning will constantly flow. That is my favorite thing about teaching. As a child I had an insatiable appetite for learning and have since realized the best way to share that same appetite is through teaching. I have spent many spare hours tutoring kids from kindergarten to grade 10 beginning as early as my 8th grade year where I assisted Kindergarteners with learning the Alphabet and vowel sounds. To say it was my
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"A" student in both Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. 2 years tutoring Algebra 1.
5 years tutoring elementary math of all levels from 1st grade to 5th grade.
Over 5 years tutoring Reading Comprehension and Speed to children from Kindergarten to 8th grade.
I have 2 years tutoring World and Ancient History to grades 6-7.