I have loved teaching for over 30 years, from elementary through college. I have tutored in many courses but focus a lot on helping with Math subjects. Whether non-motivated to extremely motivated, I enjoy working with all different types of students! I love to facilitate learning, start with success and build upon success. I believe I help students develop a "love of learning," rather than the "ol' grind of learning."
Central Michigan University - BS, Special Education
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First session is the most important session. The student is judging me and sizing me up. I do a lot of "get to know you" while getting a "feel" for the tutoring subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teach them HOW to learn. Help them understand their personal learning style, and strategies to address them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe in "intrinsic" motivation. The student sees their success in an area in which they have struggled. We talk about how it "feels" to be successful. Success breeds success. I work WITH the student to chart THEIR progress!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student can't learn a concept, it is because the material is not presented in a "learning style" the student can understand. It is up to the tutor to keep trying different approaches, until the student grasps the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Too broad of a question: read paragraph by paragraph, discussing. Work on "Main Idea." Writing works by paraphrasing. Present material on their reading level. Work on vocabulary.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Ask THEM what they want out of tutoring, even the very young ones have an idea of what THEY want. Be "open" with who I am. Develop a rapport. Talk about the hopes and dreams of the student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Help them learn something quickly and painlessly in that subject and build upon that success! Show an interesting video clip. Read a profile about someone "famous" who had a similar struggle.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
It is knowing my student and the progress they have made toward their goal. The student will be able to demonstrate the knowledge.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
#1: KNOW THE STUDENT!!! Communicate with the "adult" in the student's life so all three (tutor, student, adult) are working together for the student's success.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Hyperactive? We may start by doing jumping jacks. Extremely tired? They may work for "5 minute sleep breaks." Angry? Not motivated? Find out "what's up," their feelings count. Basically, quit "fighting" the need, and work "with" it.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Depends on the student's needs. Their school book, homework packet, flashcards, manipulatives, video clips, etc.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everyone enjoys the feeling of success. Start where the student is, help them feel success, which helps them build their self confidence. Let them feel they are in control of their own learning, with the expectation of enjoyment of moving forward.