My vast experience with students of all ages has allowed me to better understand the learning process at all stages of development. I have a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida and I tutor grades K-College.
I like to learn about my students’ comfort level and approach problems from their standpoint rather than from my own. My philosophy is to meet students where they are so that I can provide personalized support that caters to the unique individual and their needs. Patience is paramount - there is no timeline for when students “should” know something, it happens when it happens and it is always worth it when it does!
I have a student that I have been working with for about a year and a half. She first started receiving intervention support when she was retaking her Algebra 1 course for credit recovery. When we started working together, she had a loose understanding of operations but struggled with understanding how to use algebraic equations, especially when they involved variables. She also struggled to understand the concept of graphs and how they can be used to represent algebraic relationships. To help her build deeper understandings and develop stronger algebra skills, I had tutoring sessions with her once or twice a week and after a few months, she made exponential progress. Over time, she was asking me fewer and fewer questions, and our tutoring sessions became less frequent. The first time I saw her hard work pay off was when she passed her state Algebra test after a couple years of trying. The second and most notable time I observed her growth was when I had her in one of my small-group intervention classes and I caught her helping one of her peers understand the steps to solving algebraic equations. The way she was explaining the concept while also addressing the questions her peers were asking impressed me beyond words. I knew at that point that she had strengthened her wings and she was more than ready to fly.
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