I approach tutoring as an opportunity to foster not just a genuine love of learning, but also an appreciation for challenging oneself, learning from mistakes, and stepping outside of one's comfort zone. I try to set an example for my students by incorporating flexibility and experimentation in my programs, never settling for one-size-fits-all teaching and taking into account each individual student's needs, limitations, and motivation through regular communication with students and parents. No matter the subject, I specialize in helping students overcome fear, confidence issues, and counterproductive perfectionism in academics.
School is the first institution in which kids learn who and how they want to be in the world, and I love doing anything I can to help make that a positive experience for each of my students. I have a habit of turning even my recreational activities (like videogames) into learning experiences, which just makes it that much easier for me to incorporate fun and games into my tutoring programs.
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!
I've learned that the most important indicator of success in tutoring is the quality of the relationship between the tutor and student, so I make sure to spend some time getting to know my students - their interests, how they spend their time, and most importantly, why they find themselves wanting or needing tutoring. I like to get a sense of what motivates my students, and if they don't feel motivated, knowing a little about who they are as people can help me find ways to get them to start caring.
In a first session, I ask a lot of questions, including what the student him/herself hopes to achieve with my services (if anything). For kids with confidence or motivational issues, especially younger students, I might play an educational or role-playing game to get them more engaged. For targeted academic programs and particularly students who need help with organization and study skills, I ask students to show me their school and classwork, their binders/notebooks, notes, and organizational systems if necessary, and ask them about their routine. From the first session or two, I then take my observations and the students' goals into account and communicate with parents to come up with a plan that suits the student's and familly's needs.
Three years of full-time professional experience.
In high school and college I often volunteered in my mother's kindergarten and first grade classrooms and found I loved helping young people with reading and math skills. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2015, I worked as a full-time academic and test prep tutor for three years.
Students aged 7-17, some high-achieving and others with confidence and motivation issues, many with learning differences such as dyslexia as well as ADD/ADHD with respective school and test accommodations.
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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