### Kevin

I graduated from Muskingum University in 2009 with a bachelors degree in mathematics and started working teaching in Cincinnati. I Taught Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and business math. During the Race to the Top grant I took over the management of the grant and help make improvements to the school. In 2012 I moved to Dayton where I started teaching transition to college math and calculus. I also began working with ACT and spent several years as a test proctor before taking over as test site coordinator.

In my spare time I enjoy camping and fishing as well as working with the Boy Scouts of America as the shooting sports director for Muskingum Valley Council.

Muskingum University - Bachelors, Mathematics

What is your teaching philosophy?

All students deserve the opportunity to succeed in a meaningful way. My job is to provide assistance to those who are struggling.

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

Generally I like to get to know the student's strengthens and weaknesses in order to prepare material for them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can teach strategies that will help students support themselves.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I can provide small incentives to help students stay focused.

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

I would try to come up with as many different ways to show that skill or concept to help the student find a method that works for them.

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

I would provide extra reinforcement and assistance to improve skills.

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

The best strategy I have found to help students is to be open with them, so they can build confidence and become more independent.

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

I would try to find a connect between the material and something the student has an interest in.

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

I like to give students challenging problems to test their knowledge.

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

I would give them increasingly difficult problems to build mastery and show them what they are capable of.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I use several surveys that help to evaluate students' strengths and weaknesses.

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

I change my techniques to fit the student's interests and needs.

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

Depending on the location where tutoring is being held, I will use computers and applications, as well as traditional pencil and paper activities.