I have worked as a professor at the college level for many years and realize that I can actually make a difference in the career path chosen by a student I work with. With that being said, I try to raise student awareness as to all the possibilities that a business degree has to offer. I have worked in the public sector for several not for profit organizations, I have worked in the governmental sector with a transportation company, and I have also worked in the private sector for a CPA firm before opening my own CPA firm with my sister.
I believe that I am very thorough with my teaching style and I am able to break down the principles into smaller segments to make it less complicated. I have been told that my calm personality helps to ease a students’ anxiety over the material being discussed and makes it easier for them to ask questions. Working in the field allows me the opportunity to give real world examples of the material being discussed.
I am organized and very detailed and believe that my teaching methods offer a great support system for a student needing that extra information to really master the subject. I have taught in the online environment previously, as well as worked as a remote tax advisor, and my computer and typing skills are quick and efficient.
I obtained my B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1977. I received my M.B.A. from the University of Detroit in 1985. I successfully passed the CPA exam in 1980 and have maintained my CPA license with all continuing education since that date. My hobbies include clog dancing, bicycle riding, Roller Coasters, fostering dogs for Dog Rescue Organizations, and performing local volunteer work.
Wayne State University - BS, Accounting
University of Detroit Mercy - MBA, Management
High School Accounting
High School Business
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When a student has trouble with reading comprehension, I try to get them to take notes as they read to reinforce what they are reading. I have also suggested they record their own voice and play it back to themselves.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most important thing working with a student is to get them to feel relaxed with me so they can express their concerns.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I try to explain the subject using an example they can relate to.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To make sure a student understands the material, I would give several sample questions to work through.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
To build a student's confidence in a subject, I would back up to the point where they understand the material and build on it from that point - showing them the progress they are making.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I first let the student explain what they feel are the areas where they struggle, and then begin a discussion of the basics. I would then ask questions at different levels to try to determine where the needs are.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I first listen to the student and let them explain where they are struggling. I try to determine if they learn best from reading, working through problems, visual assistance or through verbal discussions. Then I can work with them at the level that I find they will absorb the best.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to use spreadsheets with sample problems, some sample quiz questions to reinforce the material, and any website support provided by their textbook publisher.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I try to connect all examples I use to situations that the student can relate to. For example, if we are talking about expenses, I would talk about the cost of a computer, lunch with friends, gas for a car or something else that they possibly have spent money on.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We would start out the first session with general conversation to give the student a chance to get comfortable with me. Then I might ask them to describe what they feel is the biggest hurdle they consider at this point in time.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I like to give students sample problems with many different scenarios to work through so that they can build confidence in that area. I will work through several with them first to see if they are able to grasp the concept.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would back up to the point where the student understands the material, and build slowly so that they can feel they are accomplishing the tasks and understanding the concepts. When I ask them questions that they understand it gives them a good feeling, and I can tell them what a great job they are doing.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning, I would back up to the point where they do understand the concept. If they learn best through visual aids I would show many samples of the concept. If they learn best through practice, we would work through several samples together on the whiteboard.