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Joseph

My willingness to make subjects enjoyable to students. I use lots of jokes and facts in order to keep students engaged with the material and also things currently happening in the subject.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Pacific Union College - BS, Biology

Photography, Reading, Backpacking/Hiking, Fishing, Computers.

Cell Biology

College Biology

College English

Ecology

High School Biology

High School English

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am there to guide and motivate students to learn and understand the material to the best of their abilities and above it.

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

I would have a discussion about who they are and what kind of interests they have, especially in subject matter, to get an idea of how to approach teaching them.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I try to implement real tangible goals that a student can check off, or if they want they can get a sticker. This creates a chart of how far they have come and how much is left.

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

I would take a step back with that student and focus on what specific area about the skill or concept they are having difficulty with. Then, I ask how they feel they should go about learning or understanding it.

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

The best way to tackle reading comprehension is to have discussions on it. I will read the material with the student, and we can have a discussion on what they got out of it and what I got out of it.

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

The best strategy I have found is to create a good schedule and work flow, but also to have their input on what they would like to learn.

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

As terrible as quizzes and tests are, they are sometimes the best means to check for understanding. Other than this, I like to have the student teach me what they understand so far and switch roles to being the tutor.