I have 15 years of tutorial experience and enjoy the one-to-one opportunity to help students achieve academic excellence. I have a master's degree from the University of Phoenix and I tutor grades K-12.
As a successful tutor, my instructional focus is on helping students obtain content mastery and improved grades. My tutoring style is student-centered to have the student fully engaged in their learning. I have a relaxed approach with focused intention. I find that this helps to promote a fun and engaging environment for the students. I often use interactive platforms with activities, including learning games, to maximize interest while learning.
I was tutoring a 2nd grade student struggling with reading. The student had experienced failure in learning to read and was mocked at school by classmates. Getting him to read was one of my most challenging tutorial experiences ever. I accepted the challenge and was determined not only to get him to read but to read with fluency and comprehension. The first two weeks were tough; I had to work hard to gain his trust and ensure that I was there for him, no matter how long it would take. Finally, towards the end of week two, he opened up to me about why he hated reading. Through the time I had taken to build a positive rapport with him, he told me he liked the action superhero stories. I started using short action stories no longer than a half page and worked to build up his reading stamina. By the end of eight weeks, he had made marked progress. His excitement for reading transpired, and he was fully committed to his learning. At the end of the year, he was on grade level. I ran into him and his parents several months ago, and he ran to me and shouted, "I'm still reading, and I'm good at it too!"
Walking, gardening, biking, music, reading good books, art, and the theater.