Meet Our Tutors: Ms. Diana

Meet Our Tutors: Diana

Meet Our Tutors: Ms. Diana

Diana is a high school math teacher with a passion for differentiating and connecting with all students. Her goal in life is to create "ah-ha!" moments for students.

She has been teaching for four years, with experience as a middle school teacher and she has worked closely with kids with wide ranging special needs. She has been a tutor for six years and is dedicated to every clients overall academic success.

We asked Diana to answer a few questions, so that you can get to know her a little bit.a

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When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

I knew I wanted to become a teacher when I was sixteen years old. I had always loved school and loved to learn. I would form study groups with friends and I realized that teaching is the best way to learn.
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Tell us about a teacher that believed in you and made a difference in your life?

I worked with the same math tutor from seventh grade to twelfth grade. He changed my understanding of what it meant to be a hard worker. He sat with me for hours until I understood a concept. He would allow me to explore and ask questions and he always had a clear answer. He taught me that patience and a clean piece of paper is crucial for success in mathematics.

He taught me that patience and a clean piece of paper is crucial for success in mathematics.

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What’s your favourite thing about online tutoring?

Online tutoring allows me to connect with clients no matter where they are. This brings ease and convenience to the clients. I love to connect ideas using the multitude of tools on the platform. Woot Tutor makes it easy to make true mathematical connections and successes for students!
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Why did you become a Woot Tutor?

I became a Woot Teacher because I love the opportunity to grow my tutoring experience and connect with students regardless of their location. Also, the tools the platform provides are exciting, I am able to have students use multiple representations such as tables, text and writing.
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What do you love about the Woot program?

Once again, the technology allows for deeper discussion and exploration of the content. The Woot Program takes everything I love about tutoring – personal connection, coaching, and student centered learning – and allows me and the client to connect anywhere! This is a very powerful platform because it gives flexibility in what is usually a rigid schedule. When working with families, things come up and they need to reschedule. Using the Woot Tutor program makes rescheduling a breeze!
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What do you love doing in your spare time?

Traveling the world and cooking are my two passions outside of teaching. I love bringing people together with food.
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Diana has a B.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder in Mathematics and Education and a M.A. in Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado Boulder. Diana is a charismatic people person who loves to cook for friends and travel the world.

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The Top 5 Things to Look for in a Tutor

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Krista Marks

Krista Marks

The Top 5 Things to Look for in a Tutor

We know that tutoring is effective; we know that from our own experience and we know it from a long history of research on the subject.

Unlike in a classroom setting, tutors can tailor their instruction to meet each individual child’s need. Instead of getting stuck and feeling lost in class, a student can work with their tutor to identify and address gaps in understanding and then quickly move forward. Even more powerful is the ability for great tutors to connect with students and build close personal relationships – relationships that can lift students up. 

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Great tutors adopt the role of a coach.

Rather than showcase their knowledge, the best tutors never lose focus on the student’s learning. They ask questions to get the student to think deeply and explain what they are learning. The best tutors live for that moment when a child realizes that they figured something out entirely on their own. 

A coach doesn’t play the game for you.
A coach helps you have the skills to play the game.

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Great tutors value building relationships.

Of course learning and knowledge matter, but the journey towards both require meaningful relationships. When a tutor believes in a student, cares about a student, invests in a student, great things happen. At its heart, learning connects humans, in the moment and across time and space. Great tutors feel this deeply.

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Great tutors ask good questions.

By asking exploratory questions, great tutors are able to quickly identify gaps in a student’s understanding. By asking challenging questions, they can get a student to question their assumptions and correct errors on their own. By asking relational questions, they encourage a student to think about differences and similarities critical to developing deeper understanding. By asking summarizing questions, great tutors check for understanding to ensure a student is on track. 

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Great tutors encourage a growth mindset.

Often a student struggles because of a lack of confidence, not a lack in understanding the material. By providing a safe place where failure and mistakes aren’t only encouraged but celebrated, great tutors help make mistakes a completely normal part of learning. The recognition that productive struggle is central to learning is at the heart of what we mean when we say fostering a growth mindset. 

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Great tutors know their subject but also the art and science of learning and teaching.

A skilled instructor knows the concepts that a student needs to master in order to build a solid foundation. That is the science of learning. The art of learning is the art of assessing students. Assessing doesn’t have to mean taking a test. It is a method that an instructor uses to gather data they need to understand where a student is and help them get where they are going. When this is done well, it not only provides tutors with data on a student’s performance but also increases the student’s agency over their learning. 

These 5 characteristics of a great tutor are at the heart of student-centered instruction. At Woot Tutor, it is our responsibility to identify, recruit and retain great tutors – tutors that connect deeply with the students they support. Tutors that lift children up, one child at a time so that they have the foundation they need to follow their dreams.

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Welcome to Woot Tutor

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Krista Marks

Krista Marks

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Welcome to Woot Tutor

Thank you so much for visiting our site and taking the time to read about us. Woot Tutor is an online math tutoring solution for students in middle and high school throughout the US.

Our tutoring solution has evolved from our decades of experience developing award-winning classroom technology. 

50% of students in the U.S. don’t make it through algebra. How can you make certain your child isn’t left behind? 1:1 tutoring is one of the few proven approaches, and access to great tutoring should not be limited by where you live, your busy schedule, or traffic.

While there are many choices for tutoring – local high school kids, college students, Skype tutors, tutoring centers – choosing the right one for your child matters. You want to trust that the tutor understands your child and is able to support them in building their academic skills, interests, and confidence.

Woot Tutor has a unique approach combining 1:1 math tutoring with state-of-the-art online tools and coaching in life skills (like study habits, organization, and time management) to deliver an unparalleled tutoring experience. Our tutors are working math teachers who are the best and brightest in their field. Teachers that can deliver personalized instruction that is equal parts accountability and heart, and that aren’t bound by geographical lines. 

We’ve built Woot Tutor from a foundation of proven research in math education. Our team has decades of experience in helping schools and districts ensure students succeed with an award winning adaptive software program. As part of Woot Tutor, your child can access this program to extend and deepen the tutoring session. During the school year, we also provide just-in-time help with our homework-help hotline. Students get credits that they can use to get the support they need when they need it.

Our unique approach has 4 key elements:

  1. Online 1:1 tutoring with top math teachers
  2. Coaching to help develop life skills
  3. Real-time homework and test prep support 
  4. Adaptive learning software to address gaps in understanding

At Woot Tutor we never lose sight of the fact that the relationships that help children succeed are the ones that lift them up. The tutoring program we have developed makes it possible, regardless of where you live, to lift your child up and ensure they have the confidence and academic skills they need to follow their dreams. Thank you for learning about Woot Tutor. It would be an honor to support your family. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out at contact@woottutor.com

 

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