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I want my students to enjoy the hands on learning experience of fine art, and to accomplish this I strive to create custom curriculum catered to each student. By understanding the needs of my student and what their goals are I can keep their interest and the process of learning fun.  I believe in teaching through encouragement and positivity, and the importance of not taking yourself too seriously.  As Mrs. Frizzle always said, "Its time to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!"

When I talk with my students about goal-setting, I encourage them to think hard about their goals and really hone in on what it will take to reach that goal. I encourage them to create SMART goals, along with an action plan. Often, our thought process is general and vague - this leads us to set goals that we aren't going to meet, which is why people often give up on their New Year's resolutions. "Saving money" and "losing weight" are common goals that many people have, but these are example of non-SMART goals. Likewise, many students set non-SMART goals when it comes to their academics. SMART is an acronym that can help students set personal and academic goals. I break it down here:  Specific: A goal of “getting good grades” is too general. Instead, specify what exactly will be accomplished. What grade are you shooting for? In what class? A SMART goal would instead look like “Raising my Geometry grade from a B- to a B by next semester.” Measurable: Establish... read more

Unless you are traveling in a spaceship and moving close to the speed of light, time passes at the same rate for everyone. The Earth takes approximately 24 hours to complete one full rotation on its axis, which has resulted in a day being 24 hours long. So why do some people seem to be able to accomplish so much more when we all have the same amount of time in our day? Simply, they have mastered good time management skills. I have summarized 3 Time Management tips that I have condensed from a number of different resources. Hopefully, these will help you finish more tasks and get you closer to accomplishing your goals. 1) Create a Prioritized To-Do List At the beginning of every day, take 15 minutes to consciously decide how you want to spend your time. This is also called making a plan for your day. Write down everything you need to do that day. This list should include steps needed to complete a S.M.A.R.T. goal, tasks or project items for work or school, errands,... read more

Time is a very important tool to learning academic information efficiently. If you have been working with a tutor then you should be aware of the time that you spend in tutoring assistance. Most students and parents believe that the longer they are tutored; the more successful they will be in executing the output of information. Set your tutoring goals in advance and submit them to your tutor via the Wyzant email address. List the goals that you would like to accomplish in each session for up to two weeks at a time. Even if you and your tutor do not accomplish all the goals you set, you will still be proactive in your learning experience!

I love to read. Reading takes you on all sorts of adventures and teaches you about the world around you. I could spend hours curled up with a good book. But lately I have started to think about WHY I read. Simply put, I read because it expands my knowledge, horizons, and especially my vocabulary. Ben Johnson, a British philosopher (among other things), once said, "Language most shows a man. Speak, that I may see thee." This is a succinct summation of how I feel on the subject: the words you choose, the speech patterns you employ, say more about your education* and thirst for knowledge than anything else you do. Therefore, I read to enhance my vocabulary. My vocabulary expands my speech. And hopefully someday my language will reflect the kind of person I strive to be. *Education can, of course, mean both formal academics as well as knowledge garnered through observation and life experience.

Did you know I don't just tutor in my spare time? I am also a princess party host! You're probably wondering what that is. Long story short? I visit parties and other events in character as Rapunzel. I either run the party while I'm there or just hang out as part of the festivities. Of course, at all times I remain in character as the princess Rapunzel - long hair and all. It's great fun! Part of why I do this is because I believe every girl is a princess! It doesn't matter what she wears or where she's from. The other reason is that dressing up never stops being fun. When I lived in Utah, I worked with Pirate and Princess Parties of Utah. Now that I have moved to NOLA, I am pleased to say I've gone into business for myself doing freelance parties. And I have good news... I have officially booked my first freelance party since arriving in Louisiana! Happy studying and happy tutoring! ~Karli

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