Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME) (Spanish)
(2) University of South Carolina (Graduate Coursework)
Tri County Technical College (Other)
My paid tutoring experience extends all the way back to middle and high school, when I tutored younger students in math and Spanish, and gave musical instrument lessons on saxophone and violin. In high school I was an English award recipient, I majored in Spanish in college and acquired a paid position, while a full-time student, teaching English to 9 to 16-year-old students at Centro Britanico in Salamanca, Spain.
A graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine, I have worked with special needs students in a volunteer capacity, and completed my student teaching at the middle school level, receiving my teaching certificate upon graduation. Since then I have taught all elementary grade levels, as well as middle and high school students in both public and private school positions, for a total of 10 years.
I have served as a mentor to students who were struggling, and most recently helped two students successfully complete their Spanish high school credits over the summer, with the Anderson Five Charter School's online program. Tutoring was done in person, and student work was done both at school and at home.
My approach with these students was to meet one-on-one, in a quiet location, and give them a structured outline of what was "next," expecting them to then do the required practice exercises, to help them achieve mastery of the material, step-by-step. When they had questions, I would write or speak examples and break the learning down into manageable chunks. I also made use of repetition, which is a known method of learning a foreign language, especially.
Personally, I have continued to challenge myself academically, recently completing three full semesters of a rigorous graduate program in the University of South Carolina's COMD distance learning program (with a 4.0 earned in every class). I chose not to complete the program as the time constraints were too large while also working full time. I share this to show my love of learning and academia in general - I thrive in helping others to have the same success I have experienced in academic environments.
I am patient and a good listener. This is key in determining where the "problem areas" may be, obstacles to learning, so that I may help the student to overcome these obstacles. I also think outside the box in providing methods for my students to achieve comprehension and mastery of a topic. As a teacher, I am constantly adding new methodologies, new strategies, from games on down to making analogies, telling mini stories which exemplify a point I am making, and the like. I am personable and students often tell me that I explain things well. My mathematical abilities in general allow me to see the "nuts and bolts" of a learning task, and break it down into logical steps. My command of Spanish is excellent, and I am completely fluent in spoken and written Spanish. I have a high attention to detail, so grammar was always my "thing!"
My leadership qualities include past experiences of leading a campus fellowship group, leading Bible studies in college, leading a community drug and alcohol awareness group to 40+ teens while a middle/high school teacher, and leading discussion groups with prison inmates preparing to return to their families as a part of a prison ministry group.
I have never explicitly tutored in English. However, my own SAT scores in English were quite good, as well as my GRE scores (especially writing), which were very good, and high enough to earn me admittance into the highly selective graduate program in which I completed three full semesters with all A's. I can help you prepare for your ACT or SAT by doing practice exercises together, as these exercises come naturally to me. I am also an excellent writer, and would always receive A's, for the most part, on essays I would write throughout high school and college years. My undergraduate GPA was 3.75, and all graduate work completed was at a 4.0 GPA. I feel confident in my ability to walk you through many tips and tricks needed to do well on standardized English tests, or help you with essay-writing.
I am dedicated, compassionate and kind. I have learned patience through all the years of raising a now-grown son with severe autism. I will work with you, and want to see you succeed! I am highly approachable, and have been told I have a quirky sense of humor, but I will not be stuffy and formal - so I'm sure we'll get along great right from the start. I look forward to meeting and working with you! My paid tutoring experience extends all the way back to middle and high school, when I tutored younger students in math and Spanish, and gave musical instrument lessons on saxophone and violin. In high school I was an English award recipient, I majored in Spanish in college and acquired a paid position, while a full-time student, teaching English
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As a teacher, I am constantly required to develop and edit documents, summaries, and other professional written work of all kinds, among which a myriad of topics are covered. These exhaustive documents are evaluated rigorously by administrators, and approved or rejected on the basis of completion and accuracy, with suggestions often made for improvement. I consistently receive high approbation for my submitted work, with virtually no suggestions ever made for improvement.
I have always been a gifted writer, a label I first received from my high school AP English teacher, who chose to give me the top English award during my senior year.
With my former high school students who often sought advice on essays they were working on for another teacher, I was able to easily ascertain how to improve upon their writing, and make concrete suggestions to the student regarding ways to augment readability or use more effectual and concise language.
My vocabulary is extensive, both due to my upbringing, in which my mother read the classics to me when I was only a toddler, and also to my excellent teachers throughout my school years. I consistently earned A's in all English-related subjects. I relish the opportunity to help the students whom I tutor to achieve the same success.