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University of Florida (Journalism)
I am a graduate from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Journalism. I am working toward becoming a certified English and journalism teacher for grades K-12. It is my hope that tutoring will help me become more comfortable with classroom commands and finding new approaches to the curriculum. I have 6 months of teaching experience with college-level students, and approximately 1 year tutoring experience in subject areas including reading, writing, and elementary math.
While enrolled in university, I originally planned on becoming an editor for a newspaper. However, I had the opportunity to work as a mentor and teaching assistant for an editing class, which focused extensively on learning how to find your own voice in writing. I encountered a student whose native language was not English and somehow managed to make it through three years of college without one-on-one training to understand basic grammar. After working with him for a short while and helping him address his weaknesses, I realized I much preferred working in a classroom setting.
My areas of specialization are reading, writing, and English analysis. I have been writing creatively, persuasively and analytically for well over ten years now; and I believe it is my true passion in the world. If I can help others achieve competency in English studies and foster enthusiasm toward reading/writing, it would be a fulfilling and worthwhile experience. I believe that everyone has the ability to excel at writing and reading, but the rate of student success depends on my ability to find a way to make lessons entertaining.
I am also interested in tutoring elementary math. I believe that math is an important skill, and teaching students early on that math will be involved in numerous daily activities is the first step to helping them fine-tune this skill.
I like to find tangible ways to teach students math as much as possible because I believe visualization helps children understand basic math concepts in a more natural way. I begin by introducing items that have an every day use and may be relevant to math problems (for example, money). Once this is understood, I transfer the concepts to oral and written problem solving techniques.
I have always found great power in written language, and I believe it is important that everyone has a working level of reading comprehension and writing command. In order to establish this, I make lessons relatable and fun by finding out a subject or aspect of reading/writing the student enjoys and build lessons off of that piece of information until they have a firm grasp on the basics and are ready to move on to other areas of concentration.
I am willing to meet anywhere that makes the student and parents comfortable. I try to keep my methods simple but engaging so they can be easily applied in a classroom setting. I look forward to helping. I am a graduate from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Journalism. I am working toward becoming a certified English and journalism teacher for grades K-12. It is my hope that tutoring will help me become more comfortable
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