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Missouri State University (Middle School Education)
It was my first semester of college, my first class of the day--Human Anatomy, 7:30 AM--and my first test EVER. As I stared incredulously at the red "A" at the top of the page, my classmate nudged me. "Tutor me!" she hissed, tilting her paper sideways. I nodded and exchanged numbers with her. How was I to know what started that day?
I have spent my entire college career tutoring classmates, formally or informally, in various topics. In my third semester, I was recommended by a teacher to the Director of the campus Writing Center. There, I spent three years tutoring students of all levels of ability in written English. I worked on all kinds of projects, from grammar assignments to full-length research projects to resumes to personal letters. Eventually I completed all the requirements for national certification, and was certified at Master Level III by the CRLA, with over 80 hours' experience in face-to-face tutoring. I have worked one-on-one, with groups, and online.
I have also tutored classmates and friends in biology, math (algebra and trigonometry), spelling, and vocabulary. I believe that tutoring is not about being "good at" or "bad at" a topic--I believe it is about seeing information and concepts from a different angle, with the support and guidance of a patient, positive person who's been where you are and found a path through.
I believe that no two people learn any one concept in the same way. Every brain is different, and that's fascinating to me. Over the years, I've gained experience in helping people look at concepts from different angles, until eventually we find the way to unlock and master them. It's never quite the same twice. If you've tried it "the textbook way" and ended up with a headache; if you feel like you're drowning because "everyone else seems to get it;" if you've tried the same things over and over but somehow it isn't working--hit me up. Anyone can learn anything, given determination and support. We'll work together until it works. It was my first semester of college, my first class of the day--Human Anatomy, 7:30 AM--and my first test EVER. As I stared incredulously at the red "A" at the top of the page, my classmate nudged me. "Tutor me!" she hissed, tilting her paper sideways. I nodded and exchanged
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I will be certified to teach Science at the middle-school level by the close of 2015. I have extensive experience in Biology, and have tutored the subject privately at the college level. I have received top grades in Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Biology I (pre-med), and Life Sciences (non-majors). I work with students to master systems and processes by creating their own analogies and connections, and to master the vocabulary of biology through frequent practice and familiarity rather than shallow memorization.
I tutored English writing and grammar for over three years at the college level, and have worked privately with students at the high school level as well. I received an A in Modern English Grammar last year as part of my educational program, and will be certified in teaching English Language Arts at the middle school level by the close of 2015. I have also provided grammatical help to classmates and friends for over ten years.
I tutored writing at the college level for 3+ years, and achieved the highest level of certification offered by the College Reading and Learning Association (Master--Level 3). I have over 80 officially-logged hours of one-on-one tutoring experience in this area, and have worked with students of all skill levels. I have also worked privately with students at the high school level.
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