Lauren Thomas English Tutoring
I was obsessed with books from before I could understand what they really were. I was obsessed with learning to read whatever I could get my hands on.
I realized my love of writing in 5th grade on accident when I unexpectedly won an essay contest, and the rest snowballed from there.
I went on to write and deliver the class address at my 8th grade graduation ceremony (St. Andrew Academy, class of 2007), won the single English scholarship my senior year of high school voted on by the faculty for excellence in writing (Butler Traditional High School, class of 2011), and was spotlighted mutiple times in my college career for my writing accomplishments (Jefferson Community and Technical College, University of Louisville, class of 2019).
I am going to help kids because I'm good at it, but most of all because I'll be doing what I love, and I think that makes all the difference in the world.
Phil Collins once said, "In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn." That's exactly why I'm here.
I love literature and writing, so sharing that and helping people better understand that world truly elates me. The way I see it, if I love something, it can only be better if you love it too! So I'll do everything in my power to make that happen. I also love the satisfaction of helping someone and seeing the pride on their face when they finally understand something, because I absolutely know what it's like to be on the other side.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Figuring out what they're good at and working off of that, but most of all figuring out their individual learning style. Once we know how you learn, it is easier for educators to design their lessons around each individual. Also, I'm honest and realistic but I try to make it fun. Yes, it might be difficult, but maybe relating the topic to something you enjoy or understand will make it less frustrating.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I've tutored pretty much all my life. I'm the "English girl" so whenever any of my friends or my little brother or cousins (even my adult aunt when she went back to college) needed help with Lit or writing, I was who they came to. I've done a lot of observations and assisted in classrooms of all ages over the years as well, mostly in English classrooms.
Also, teaching English Lit is literally what I have my degree in. Plus, I just graduated, so all the information is still fresh!
How did you get started teaching?
I've played teacher since I was tiny, and the love and passion has just never went away. When I got older and started thinking about a career, it was a decision that almost made itself.
What types of students have you worked with?
Almost every grade level. Because I specialize in English Lit, those were the kids I was drawn to. I don't feel comfortable helping with math or science, etc, so I mostly stuck with English classes and/or kids working on English homework, writing essays, and such.
The lowest level I've actually worked with outside of observations is second grade. The highest level is college. In between those two I've specifically worked with 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grades.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Interacting with kids is a lot of fun once they let down their walls. I was in a 9th grade classroom one day and after everyone's work was done they were just joking around and included me, which made me feel really happy because it showed that they were comfortable enough around me to let loose and show their true colors. They also had enough respect for my authority not to take anything too far.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Pick someone you're comfortable with. This is a person that is going to be helping you learn, and your education isn't something to take lightly. If all else fails, go with your gut. And always, always be honest. I acted like I understood various things in math so many times over the years because I felt stupid asking for it to be explained for the fifth time. All that did was hurt me.
Teachers are literally here to help, and the best ones feel accomplished only once you achieve success. So if a teacher acts annoyed that you still don't get it, they're the wrong teacher. I've had professors literally take time to figure out a new way to explain things to me, and when I apologized, they said, "It's my job to help you understand. If you don't get it, I need to do my job better."
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Have I exhausted all my individual resources?
Is this person I'm asking the best person to help me?
Am I willing to do the extra work to get this done? (Don't waste a teacher's or your own time!)
What exactly do I not understand?