I am currently a junior at Indiana University Bloomington studying telecommunications and minoring in business! I have spent some time on the receiving end of a tutoring session and I learned a lot not just about the subject I needed help with, but also about how to be a better tutor. I want to help my students learn new ways of looking at a subject they struggle with, as well as help them realize that they are fully capable of learning. They do not need to feel as if they cannot ask questions; there are no bad questions. I myself am not perfect and will not have an answer to absolutely everything, but it is my duty when I don't know the answer, to learn it and explain. I want to make learning as fun as I can for both myself and the student so that tutoring doesn't feel like a chore, and they don't dread the upcoming sessions. I look forward to working with my students!
Indiana University-Bloomington - Current Undergrad, Telecommunications
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is to be patient and ask questions. I can't help teach a student if I do not first understand how they learn.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I get to know them. I want to know what class they need help in and what they've done to try to better their grade previously. Then, we set goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By giving them tools that best suit their style of learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Make it fun so that they want to do the work, and it doesn't feel like a chore.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Find another way to teach it; the way I'm explaining it might not fit the way they learn. So it is up to me to find the best way for them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would go through lots and lots of practice questions and have them highlight what they think is the most important part in the passage, and I'd show them how to exclude what isn't necessary.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Finding out if they are a visual, auditory, etc., learner so I can adjust my teaching styles to their benefit.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Show them what is exciting about that subject and how it can apply to their life so they will want to learn it.