I've tutored my little cousins throughout their time in middle school and high school. It's mostly been in the area of mathematics. They tell me that I'm often more helpful than their teachers and grasp the math concepts more easily. What makes me a great tutor is knowing how to teach kids math in a fun and easy way. I know how to present the material so the kids can remember how to solve the questions.
University of California, Irvine - BA, Business Economics
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I'd ask the student what their main issues with the subject are, and I'd start my tutoring from there. It's very important for me to know where the student stands prior to my help.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to explain the concept in as many different ways until it sticks.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would encourage the students to actively read, like highlight important words or briefly summarize a paragraph, so they have a better memory for what they just read.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By stripping away their fear of failing and showing them how fun and easy the subject can be, I can build a student's confidence and increase their knowledge.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by getting them into the habit of reading their textbook or any book because all their questions can be answered if they took the time to read.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by creating new and exciting challenges, setting goals, and acknowledging their accomplishments.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found getting to know the student's strengths, weaknesses, and learning habits to be most successful. Also, having a student pay extra attention on math problems they got wrong on their homework or test helps them get a similar question right the second time around.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would encourage a student to open their mind and erase all the fear that consumes them with a particular subject because once they tell themselves they can conquer something, learning can get exciting and fun.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
A technique that works is having a student solve many problems back to back on a certain topic until it becomes second nature. Another technique is having them say out loud what they just learned and how to solve a related problem.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by seeing how well they do on homework, quizzes, and tests. If they tend to score low on all three, that indicates that I need to spend more time with a student on explaining topics and completing the homework correctly and thoroughly.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I usually like to use a student's textbook, homework, study guides, a notebook, and a highlighter. The highlighter is very important because anything highlighted has great importance and tells the student that they should pay attention to it.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is practice makes perfect, and if something doesn't look right, always ask for clarification. I encourage question after question; it's the only way to learn.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student is different; therefore, I adapt my tutoring around their needs. I do this by finding out their weaknesses and adjusting my teaching style so they can benefit the most by it. It is crucial that the student learns rather than feel more confused by the end of a session.