As far as I can remember, I've been the go-to guy when you wanted help with a subject, whether it was advanced mathematical concepts during my Bachelors Degree days, or software engineering principals in my Masters degree program. It was for this reason that I was specifically picked out by one of my professors to be his teaching assistant for two semesters of classes before I graduated. So confident was he in my skills that he was able to go around the requirement that TA-ships be only handed out to Phd level students.
After graduating with a Master's Degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Arlington, I've been involved in a number of software development jobs including my current one in a Fortune 100 company. I can can back up my academic knowledge with extensive industry experience. However I haven't lost touch with teaching as I'm still called upon by friends for consultation about software engineering and design concepts.
I'm computer enthusiast enjoys tinkering with hardware and software in my spare time and am pretty confident in my computer science teaching abilities. And since math goes hand in hand with computers, I'm well versed in math subjects as well.
NUCES Pakistan - BS, Computer Sciences
University of Texas at Arlington - MS, Computer Sciences
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching should be as much about learning as it is about imparting knowledge. I believe it is important to learn about the difficulties every individual student faces in order to teach them most effectively. Only then can teaching be both fun and engaging.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Establishing a rapport with the student. I'd very much like to just have a conversation to build up a nice comfort level. I will then ask general questions about the student's subject matter to try to find out what they're struggling with and what their strengths are
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The key thing is to help a student understand underlying concepts. That way, I'm not there to help them with their homework; I'm there to help them understand and apply concepts, so they are capable and confident in solving problems on their own
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Define objectives from the get go. Keep the student informed of his/her progress and praise on achievements. A positive attitude works wonders. If I show excitement in a subject, I know it rubs off