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University of Phoenix (Human Services)
I have worked with children for about eight years, and have been in the exceptional children's classroom for the past year. I began tutoring while in High School, and continued tutoring in college. After graduating, I began tutoring at-risk teens, mostly in alternative living situations, for about six years. I served as Instructional Support in Juvenile Corrections for two years. Currently a Middle School Instructional Assistant, I work daily with children who may struggle to grasp certain concepts of learning. I understand the difficulty of learning a subject, especially one that's challenging and complex. I understand that it takes more than just a worksheet and pencil to help a child move past the obstacles preventing him or her from excelling in a difficult subject.
There are many tools I find helpful when tutoring: interactive games, flash cards, worksheets, manipulatives, etc. My students have improved tremendously in Math and Language over the past year. I am confident that my methods and experience will help your child soar to the next level, and gain the confidence they need to continue on the path to success. I have worked with children for about eight years, and have been in the exceptional children's classroom for the past year. I began tutoring while in High School, and continued tutoring in college. After graduating, I began tutoring at-risk teens, mostly in alternative living situations, for about six years. I served as Instructional Support in
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Math has always been one of my strongest subjects, because it came so naturally to me. As early as High School, I tutored Athletes who were in jeopardy of failing math, hurting their chances of remaining on the team. Fast forward to the present, I am a Teacher Assistant at a Middle School, in an Exceptional Children's class. 70% of my students have a learning disability, and require alternative teaching methods to learn mathematical concepts. Since it takes a highly qualified individual to teach an EC class, and I work with them on Math daily, teaching in groups and one-on-one, I would consider myself highly qualified to tutor in this subject.
Algebra 2 goes deeper into the world of Mathematics. In this subject, students learn in depth about laws and rules of Math. While my students have not reached Algebra 2 as of yet, I surpassed Algebra 2 and excelled in Pre-Calculus as a Junior in High School. I went further, and successfully completed College Algebra and Calculus as a Freshman in College. I have a lot of experience with the world of Math, from counting to Standard deviation, and everything in between.
The English language is one of the most difficult there is. With that said, it is also one of the most interesting in my opinion. I truly enjoy teaching different parts of speech: verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, nouns, etc. We use very animated techniques when teaching parts of speech, and to help students remember what question each part of speech answers. For example: Noun answers who or what; an adjective answers which one, what kind, or how many; a verb is an action word; an adverb answers how. We also work fervently on verb tenses: past, present, future, past progressive, future progressive.
I have always prided myself in my grammar, orally and in writing. Correct grammar usage is something I teach my students daily, both when they speak and in their writing. Since many of my students are still learning phonemic awareness, and developing writing skills, there are many skills we are currently fine tuning, including grammar.
I took Prealgebra in Middle School, and tutored fellow classmates in Algebra while in High School. Prealgebra sets the stage for all Mathematics courses to follow. In Prealgebra, students learn about number patterns, order of operations, exponents, factoring, fractions and percent, and so much more. I like to use technology in the classroom to help the students gain a better understanding in Math. In addition to using the Smart Board, I use other sites that not only allows students to practice various problems, but also shows how the solution was reached. For visual learners, which describes many of my students, this helps them get it.
In High School and College I conducted my share of peer reviews, requiring I proofread the papers of classmates. Now that I work in the classroom, I proofread on a daily basis. Because most of my students have a learning disability, they are still learning sentence structures, punctuation, grammar, etc. I often proofread their work, and add where changes are needed. Many of my students are showing significant improvement.
One of the things we focus on in the classroom is reading comprehension. I teach my students types of questions to ask while reading a story of book so as to recall what they've read and to understand what it means. In addition, I work with my students on improving basic reading skills. We focus on consonant sounds, short and long vowel sounds, digraphs, letter blends, etc.
I started playing the violin at the age of 9. I learned to read music my second year, and quickly progressed. With the help of private lessons and an extremely talented teacher, I was promoted to first string, second chair. I participated in various competitions throughout my middle and high school years. What I like most about music, is that it takes you to a place of pure serenity. Any child with a passion for music, has the potential to be a great musician.
I first developed a passion for writing in High School, and have been writing ever since. Professors have consistently praised my writing skills and creative style. I believe that writing is an art, and the body of the paper is where the creativity truly shines. In my classroom, I encourage my students to be creative with their writing, while remembering rules of grammar, mechanics, spelling, etc.