University of New Hampshire (Communication)
I have been tutoring and mentoring in many different ways and for different populations throughout my life. My 9-5 job is at Southern New Hampshire University, where I am an undergraduate Academic Advisor. My job as an academic advisor was inspired by my time as an academic mentor during college. I worked with my peers, one-on-one, to discuss and teach study strategies, how to overcome procrastination, writing skills, organization skills, etc. It was one of my favorite experiences and I learned so much. To see a light bulb go off for my students when they felt confidence or learned a new skill was the best feeling. Much of tutoring is problem-solving and showing, rather than telling, someone how to gain a new skill. Teaching self-advocacy and encouraging confidence are big pieces to the puzzle as well. I love learning and I want to encourage others to see how learning can be individualized and made fun.
After college, I spent time substitute teaching in a middle school. This was a great learning experience as well because I was working with a different population. Same skills, but a different approach. All of my previous jobs were in recreational camp settings so I have extensive experience working with youth. This helped me in the middle school environment. I am an incredibly patient and even-tempered person. I feel as though these skills come in handy in tutoring or mentoring. Success doesn't happen over night! I am glad I was able to turn my passion for helping people into a way of living. What I am missing, however, is the direct interaction with youth. I currently work with older, non-traditional college students. This is what has brought me to Wyzant!
Firstly, I have a Bachelor's degree in Communication and am pursuing my Master's in Communication as well. I have always loved to write and am constantly looking at how to make my writing better. My friends in school and throughout college often turned to me to proof read their papers and offer advice on how to improve their work. I loved this opportunity and being trusted to give this advice. During my time as an academic mentor, I worked with students on every step of the writing process: outlining, writing drafts, proof-reading, editing, structuring papers, etc. I love giving people the tools to succeed, but also, encouraging them to find their own unique approach to writing.
I am a huge believer that the student knows themselves the best. The student knows what they are good at, what needs work, and what they've tried in their lifetime. My tutoring/mentoring approach is all about asking probing questions and getting the student to think about what would work for them. I know about learning styles and strategies for different types of learners, but I like a student to come to some conclusions and resolutions for themselves. This way, students can feel in control and feel comfortable to try new skills on their own.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my profile. I appreciate your consideration. I have been tutoring and mentoring in many different ways and for different populations throughout my life. My 9-5 job is at Southern New Hampshire University, where I am an undergraduate Academic Advisor. My job as an academic advisor was inspired by my time as an academic mentor during college. I worked with my peers, one-on-one, to discuss and