I approach tutoring with the belief that students succeed when the support they receive is tailored to their unique needs, interests, and learning styles. My tutoring programs are anchored by strong relationships with my students and their families, which allow students to get outside their comfort zones, face challenges, and gain confidence inside and outside of school.
Special areas of experience:
- Learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyscalculia)
- Test anxiety and perfectionism
- Study skills, organization, motivation
I love learning, and I learn something invaluable from every student I work with.
Mariah was an absolute pleasure! She was informative, on time, extremely helpful and definitely tutored with a great outcome on the student’s behalf. I can’t wait to work with her again. Thank you Mariah for all that you have instilled!
The first session typically follows the process below:
- Getting to know the student: I've learned that the most important indicator of success in tutoring is the quality of the relationship between the tutor and student. I start by asking questions about the student's interests, experience in school, and what the student hopes to achieve with my services (if anything). Depending on the age or interests of the student, this might include an educational or role-playing game to break the ice.
- Understanding the student's needs: I ask students to show me their school and classwork, binders/notebooks, notes, etc., and ask them about their routine.
- Developing a program plan: Taking into account the observations from session 1 and any student/parent input I've received, I will develop and present an initial program plan, including our focus, goals, strategies, and how we will measure progress. This can be general or comprehensive depending on the student's needs.
- 5 years experience tutoring and home-school teaching (2 years fully remote) with a focus on high school humanities and elementary math
- Currently a teaching credential candidate at Cal State Los Angeles Charter College of Education
I have special experience with students with:
- Learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyscalculia, language-based disabilities, executive functioning problems)
- General anxiety
- Test anxiety and perfectionism
What do you hope to get from the experience - help in a specific skill/area, general confidence in a subject, a particular grade on a particular exam? If there isn't anything you hope to achieve, why are you working with a tutor? Is it something someone advised you to do? What DO you enjoy working hard at, and what about that activity makes it worthwhile?
Even if an answer isn't immediately clear, these questions can help you and your tutor identify what you care about, what drives you, and how you deal with stress and challenges.
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