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Joseph

I find myself very lucky to have the ability to easily grasp both Math and Physics related concepts. This has helped to give me many opportunities tutoring both my peers and students in grades 1st - 12th. In addition to working for a certified tutoring company (Mathnasiuim), my previous experience included private sessions working with acquaintances from the schools I have attended. I also have had the opportunity to help students with standardize testing in all subjects because I find myself very familiar with the strategies that many tutoring companies attempt to teach. Currently, I am an Aerospace Engineering major at the University of Notre Dame and looking to help students improve their grades and tests scores while enjoying the experience. I tutor a variety of subjects and strive for my students to feel extremely confident about their area of study after each session.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Notre Dame - BS, Aerospace Engineering

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 33

ACT Math: 34

ACT Reading: 32

ACT Science: 35

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What is your teaching philosophy?

My goal in tutoring is to teach a student a concept in a way that makes sense to them while helping them to enjoy the subject.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In a first session, I would go over many different types of problems to get a good idea of where a student stands in their abilities in various subject matters.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can show a student how to be an independent learner by giving them a good idea of the different concepts that they should be practicing more and introducing them to problems that test these areas.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motivated by giving them as much self confidence as I possibly can. Even if it means going very slowly, step by step, I want a student to be completely comfortable and excited about a concept that they have been struggling with.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would give a student a concept that is a bit easier and work with them until they can fully understand the concept they were struggling with.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I give the students ideas about different strategies that they can use to find the right balance between analyzing the passage and testing their knowledge of it.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I find that at the beginning of a tutoring experience, it is very important to make a student feel comfortable, both academically and personally. I usually accomplish this by asking about hobbies as well as giving the student easier problems at the beginning.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would somehow make the subject seem more amusing by connecting it to a real world situation that hopefully involves something the student finds interesting.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would give students multiple opportunities to test their knowledge and even sometimes allow them to practice problems that require additional critical thinking to see if they can apply the subjects they learned.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I start with a very simple subject and slowly build on a topic at a rate that the student can process comfortably. This will eventually give them complete confidence in the subject matter.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I analyze the way students receive and attempt problems of a certain type. This allows me to evaluate what areas the student needs to focus on the most.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I apply many different tutoring strategies when beginning to teach in order to see which one is the most effective in making the students accept and understand the material the best.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I typically use writing utensils, paper, calculators, and many practice problems. I also occasionally use textbooks if I think a student needs to understand a particular concept in more depth.