Tutoring is more than simply understanding content, but rather mindfully learning how to learn and developing independence. My aproach is full of humor and unique ways to connect what you are learning to other subjects as well as daily life. Laughter is the key to accessing your full intellectual potential!
The subjects I specialize in are writing and music; however, we also guide students through test preparation and academic advising from middle school through college.
I was a band director 2017-2020 after receiving my Bachelor's degree in music education and my teaching credential from San Diego State University. My career has morphed into teaching multiple subjects and working in the freelance musician scene in LA.
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The best part about being an educator is revealing to my students the talents that my students already have. It is human nature to feel uncomfortable with new topics, but my role is to show you how to use your own skills in any situation. Whatever subject we are working on just happens to be the vehicle for that.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
When a request is received, the first priority is to discuss the students goals and determine if we are a good fit. Once that has been determined, we will schedule our first lesson and create a plan based on the student's timeline. After all of the logistics are settled, we can get straight into the fun!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
After receiving my bachelor's degree in Music Education, I went on to earn my California teaching credential. I have a passion for professional development and have attended sessions on a wide range of topics including music, conflict resolution, and technology integration.
How did you get started teaching?
Growing up, I always enjoyed helping my peers in school, especially in math. In fact, I first wanted to be a math teacher before I decided to pursue my music degree. During my senior year of high school, I was a teacher's assistant for a 9th grade algebra class. I ended up taking over the class multiple times and realized I had nack for it. I was a leader in band starting in 6th grade so I decided to make that my life, and here I am!
What types of students have you worked with?
At this stage, most of our students are seeking guidance in writing. The rest are either getting music lessons or tutoring in music theory. I recently worked with a 6 year old student on reading rhythm, but most of our students are in high school or college.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Recently I worked with a student who was working on her dissertation proposal while on her path toward her doctoral degree. English was not her first language so my role was the writing expert and her role was the content expert. The most rewarding part of this was learning about a new topic that I never knew existed.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
As a student, your top priority when looking to hire a teacher, whether in writing, music, or any subject, is to be able to clearly articulate your goals. You also need to know what your main areas of improvement are so that once you get into the lesson, less time is spent figuring out where to start. This is crucial in maximizing you time and money!
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
1. What are your strengths?
2. What do you need to improve on?
3. What is your favorite way to learn?