As someone who just graduated college Magna Cum Laude this past May, and has tutored throughout the duration of my undergraduate studies, I have first hand experience being in you or your student's shoes!
I have my undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, with a focus in biology, so I am up to date on current math and science curriculms. In addition, I actively work as an English tutor at Asnuntuck Community College, so I am helpful in language persuits as well! I also have worked for Springfield Technical Community College as a TRIO tutor, tutoring non-traditional and ESL students in subject areas such as English, Math, Biology, and Chemistry.
In all my tutoring endevours I promote study techniques, orginizational skills, and really try to source the root of why someone needs tutoring in the first place. My job is not only to clarify course materials, but to make you not need me anymore!
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When I first meet a student I like to ask them the following questions:
-Why did you come to see me today? Was it for a particular assignment or project, because of a lack of understanding of the course materials, etc.
-Why do you think you are having these issues in class or with the assignment? Is it because your classroom is too noisy, are you distracted by friends, do you fundamentally have a hard time with the material, are assignemnts hard to organize or start, etc.
-What do you expect to get out of our time today? Do you plan to complete a particular assignment, really grasp a certain concept, want to be organized for future success in the class, etc.
-Where do you see yourself in a year? This question is mainly for college or graduating high school students, as it is important to plan ahead for what skills you will need in the future
In terms of education:
-I graduated from high school one year early with a 4.14 GPA inorder to begin my college studies early
-I first attended Springfield Techincal Community College and graduated with Honors and a 3.67 GPA
-I then attended Westfield State University and graudated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.6 GPA
I do not have standard pricing options as it greatly depends on how far I have to travel, length of the session, level of education, etc. A rough estimate of prices are as follows:
Elementary through Middle Schoolers: $25
High School: $35
Study/Orgnizational Skills, College Essay Help, Essay Review: $25/hr (dependent on task)
I am more than willing to work with students on pricing structures so feel free to contact me with questions!
I got started teaching in high school when I joined the Peer Tutoring Club. I served as president of this club and continued tutoring when I began attending Springfield Techinical COmmunity College (STCC). While at STCC, I gained experience tutoring a wide array of non traditional students and really found my passion for tutoring! After graduating from STCC I took a one year break from tutoring at a college and only saw clinets privately. Following this break I began to tutor at Asnuntuck Community college as an embedded English tutor, meaning I work in the classroom with a professor serving essentially as a teachr's aid. I also tutor for the Connecticut Department of Corrections through Asnuntuck and run a English study group alone.
I have worked with every type of student you can imagine! Young, old, ESL, special needs, prisoners, etc.
A recent event I am fond of occurred at the end of this past Spring 2019 semster, while working for the Connecticut DOC. Both groups that I tutored, at two seperate facilities, came to the last study session not to study- but to thank me for my time and for helping them to express themselves more effectively. This was the highlight of my career at Asnuntuck.
A bonus event was when I brought my middle school client up from a C to an A average in math. Seeing the confidence in her face during our end of the school year meetings was extremely fulfilling.
I have simple advice for students looking for a teacher/tutor:
Find one who is invested in your overall success, not just the sucess of your sessions. The goal of a tutor should be to have you not need them, so if you feel your sessions are stagnant, move on!
Before meeting with a tutor, brainstorm the following:
-What do I need help with?
-Why do I need help with this?
-Have I read through my assignment? Do I understand what it is asking? If not make notes!
-What are my academic weaknesses? i.e. trouble with course material, trouble reading, trouble focusing, trouble organizing, etc.
-What are your strangths? Since everyone absorbs information differently, this will help the tutor point you in the right direction
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