I love learning, and tutoring is a way to share the joy with others, helping people overcome their personal obstacles. Every student presents unique challenges, and explaining basic concepts to somebody else makes the subject new and exciting for me too. When I’m tutoring, I’m learning, and when I’m learning, I can’t wait to teach somebody else!
My Tutoring Style
My tutoring style focuses on understanding concepts, not simply getting the right answers. This approach improves retention and helps students apply their knowledge to new problems. Rather than giving answers easily, I ask questions to lead the student in solving problems, which promotes greater confidence in their own abilities. I teach a variety of memorization techniques, but if the student understands a process or formula, memorization is often unnecessary. I am patient and have a talent for explaining technical information to non-technical people. My original study aids and mnemonics help students remember details. Whenever possible, I use hands-on exercises, analogies, manipulatives, and exploration to help students visualize abstract concepts and discover principles for themselves. Learning can be hard work at times, but I strive to make it exciting and rewarding.
Education and experience
I earned my bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Physics. Throughout my years of tutoring, I’ve studied teaching methods and learning styles, continually expanding my repertoire of creative ideas for helping students learn in the way that works best for them.
I started tutoring in the Academic Skills Center at UWEC. While working there, I gained experience with a variety of learning difficulties such as Asperger’s syndrome, visual impairment, and dyscalculia. Privately, I’ve tutored students from kindergarten through high school, as well as adults. In 2010 I began teaching part-time at Chippewa Valley Technical College.