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Kansas State University
Thank you for choosing WyzAnt! I hope that the following information about my personal, work, and tutoring backgrounds will help you in finding a tutor for you or your child.
I am in my 4th year of undergraduate study at Kansas State University (KSU) pursuing a dual degree in (1) Secondary Education with a concentration in Math and (2) Mathematics with the intention of pursuing my doctorate in teaching.
I grew up in a small town in Kansas and graduated from Topeka High School in May of 2011.
I volunteer in the community through Girl Scouts. I am also the president and founder of the Multicultural Education Student Organization - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (MESO-STEM) within the KSU College of Education.
I have passions for STEM education, inclusion, and diversity. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to obtain a genuine and meaningful educational experience no matter what their background may be. I am also very organized and driven. I believe that appropriate time management is key to being successful. These skills tend to rub off on my tutoring students allowing them to also achieve success.
I am a firm believer that with proper practice and study techniques a student can excel in any subject despite his/her opinion of it. The key is to find the one thing that the student likes about the subject and grow on that. For example, I wasn't particularly fond of history in high school. However, by working with the teacher, I realized that instead of doing daily assignments, like my peers, I worked much more efficiently and gained more from sitting down and completing all of the assignments in one sitting. Yes, this took a lot of hard work and focus on my part, but it allowed me to excel in a subject that I would have otherwise failed.
The key to success in education is a constant renewed sense of having gained something from the content. If the student does not feel that they are gaining something from the course material, they will find something else that peaks their interest and not apply the proper amount of focus on the subjects that bore them. This type of behavior is common among a lot of students but most prominent in those who are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder (ADHD). As an adult who grew up with ADHD, I know what it is like to have problems focusing in class and the frustration of teachers not understanding my condition.
While in my senior year of high school, I taught clarinet and alto saxophone lessons. I have instructed various 4H activities including rifles, archery, leadership courses, canoeing, crafts, fishing, and environmental education to diverse ages.
I have worked for KSU participating in various outreach and retention efforts. I have visited local high schools to instruct activities, encourage students to pursue higher education, and serve as a mentor.
I am an active participant in the K-State for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering (KAWSE) program at KSU as well as an ongoing mentor for the Girls Researching Our World (GROW) and EXploring ScIence, Technology, and Engineering (EXCITE) programs at KSU.
My current job, aside from tutoring, is holding the position of Student Diversity Coordinator for the KSU College of Education. It is my responsibility to carry out collegiate recruitment and retention, administrative assistant duties, create diversity and multicultural awareness events, and provide students with support and resources.
I thoroughly enjoy working with people, especially kids. Children possess a strong desire to learn providing an opportunity for immense growth. I believe that there exists no unintelligent child. Every child wants to learn, you just have to use the right approach.
I have 4 years with experience in tutoring middle, high school, and college aged students in various levels of mathematics, more specifically: Arithmetic, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, 2 and 3, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry, ACT Math, Probability and Statistics, Linear Algebra, and Matrix Theory. Although I focus on mathematics, I also tutor in ACT Prep, English and Proofreading, and Writing.
When tutoring, it's extremely important to me that my student not only understands the content, but that they can reiterate the content individually, without assistance. For that reason I offer both instructional and guidance tutoring, both of which can be easily and effectively transitioned to an online interface.
Instructional tutoring is used when a student has high levels of difficulty understanding coursework. This more in-depth method includes student-specific practice worksheets and supplemental materials to be used alongside current academic curricula. This allows the student to strengthen their skills and confidence without interrupting or imposing on what their teacher is teaching in class. I personally create these materials to ensure that the student is hitting directly on their struggling areas without boring them with concepts already learned.
Without the use of supplements, guidance tutoring is used when the student's content is understood, but has trouble with homework, test prep, study skills, etc. However, if I find that a student will benefit from supplements, I can provide them with those resources.
As mentioned above, both of these methods of tutoring can be implemented online. I currently use the resources of Edmodo, Fuze, and Skype to assist my online students. If online tutoring is something that you are interested in, feel free to contact me.
Note that my prices are fully negotiable. You will NOT be charged until the lesson is completed.
I hope that this description of my background and approach to structured learning environments can assist you in finding an appropriate tutor for your son or daughter. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me! Thank you for choosing WyzAnt! I hope that the following information about my personal, work, and tutoring backgrounds will help you in finding a tutor for you or your child.
I am in my 4th year of undergraduate study at Kansas State University (KSU) pursuing a dual degree in (1) Secondary Education with a… Read more
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ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) & ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder) are common psychological disorders that are prominent in children today. I myself am diagnosed with ADHD. I have gone through the struggles and hardships that come with being a child growing up with ADHD. These struggles are, but are not limited to, having a hard time focusing in school, completing school work ahead of time and becoming "bored", finding it hard to listen to the teacher because one's mind is on other things, having to multitask when doing things to remain in focus, and an insatiable desire to learn. It is my belief, that with proper guidance, a child struggling with ADD or ADHD can still strive in the educational system despite ill-educated teachers.
Algebra is simply a matter of understanding the unknown through mathematical means. It is through proper guidance that a student can become proficient in using algebraic formulae and techniques that can, indeed, be helpful in one's everyday life. While tutoring algebra, I will not only help the student to understand the material he or she is finding difficult to comprehend, but I will provide him or her with the resources necessary for proper practice in the subject allowing the student to excel in it while learning at the same time.
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