I am a recent college graduate with previous experience tutoring NCAA athletes in a variety of subjects. I understand students have different motivators and how to identify what inspires someone to work harder. Additionally, I recognize that each person has their preferences and work with students to customize plans and teaching styles.
University of Minnesota- Twin Cities - BS, Health and Wellness
Anatomy & Physiology
AP US History
College Level American History
High School English
High School Level American History
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student has the ability to learn, it is just a matter of finding a way to make the info "stick" in their minds. I like to find ways to relate difficult concepts to a student's interests and hobbies.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introductions, asking if the student has had a tutor in the past, figuring out the student's learning style via questions like: "what does your favorite teacher do that you like?" and building on that.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A lot of tutoring can be independent. I like to teach my students to read difficult concepts slowly and then use me to check their understanding.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Everyone has a different motivator, be it sports, public recognition, or an inherent drive. Once I figure out what the student wants from tutoring, I can find ways to remind them of what they are working towards.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, ask the student what they think the concept means. From there, I can either guide them to a more correct answer or work on the basics to achieve competency.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I understand that sometimes reading seems like just seeing letters on a page. Personally, I like to take breaks after each paragraph and digest the information. I teach my students to do this as well.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Identifying the motivation level of the student, their preferred learning style, and their goals. From there, I can cater to their needs. For example, a student who wants to simply pass a class doesn't need to know the tiny details, but the student wanting an A absolutely needs to.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I find relating the subject in some way to their lives helps them gain interest. Sometimes it's just a lesson in perseverance though.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to ask concept-based questions periodically, including older material, to see if the student can make connections and build on the basics.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
After ensuring the student understands the material, I like to ask easier questions and slowly build up to challenging ones. If the student begins to struggle, I will pepper in more easy questions. This way, they are able to look back and see they can get questions right.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I like to ask the student first what they want, and then I ask what they realistically need to achieve.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I work with students to learn what they do and do not like, and incorporate their answers in my teaching style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbooks, pictures, and videos.