Struggling and falling behind in a class does not feel good. If you are frustrated in class or embarrassed about your grades, please let me help! I will help you complete missing assignments, prepare for upcoming or make up tests, and fill in the gaps in your understanding to make learning easier in the future. I also tutor ACT and SAT preparation. If you've taken either of these tests before and want to boost your score (or if it's your first time), learning test strategy will help you... [more]
I have always liked and been good at writing. I won a number of essay contests in high school, participated in a writing intensive honors program in college, and actually enjoy writing term papers. I am familiar with various methods of in-text and bibliographical citation, including MLA, APA, and Chicago. I enjoy tutoring writing students because I get to help students refine arguments, structure their rhetoric, and find their own voice and style on the page.
For all of my long term tutoring students, I assist in managing deadlines and due dates, keeping pace with multiple classes, and organizational skills for notebooks, laptops, and assignment books. I also teach basic note taking skills and how to study from notes. I find it especially helpful to show students how to use their notes to find holes in their understanding so that they can research or ask about missing information before it affects grades.
The majority of my tutoring is focused on ACT and SAT preparation, so I very often assist high school students in determining their safety and reach schools, as well as which combinations of scores should be sent to which school. I am comfortable helping students research schools, plan college visits, prepare for interviews, and prepare applications, including entrance essays and personal statements. I also work regularly with students who are being recruited for NCAA sports and am familiar with how that can impact the admissions process.
I have successfully tutored ADD and ADHD students in math, writing, and standardized test preparation. When working with a student who has difficulty focusing, I approach the subject matter in different ways until I find one that catches their attention and then modify my teaching methods to what works best for that student. I also try to break up tutoring by offering frequent breaks and covering material at the pace the student is absorbing it, so that they stay interested in the new content as we cover it.
I have tutored students with dyslexia (and related visual learning challenges such as Irlen Syndrome) for several years. I adapt my tutoring methods to this type of student by reading text aloud and offering to take notes during the session that the student can revisit later, so that they can spend tutoring time focusing on understanding the material, rather than struggling to access it.
I have taken sociology classes at both high school and college levels, and received A's. I have also tutored several students taking sociology classes with good results. I find this subject interesting and enjoy how it interacts with other areas, such as psychology and anthropology.