I'll keep this simple: My passions are learning, teaching, traveling, ultra running, reading, surfing, and cooking. I've traveled all over the world, worked as a travel writer, lived in Eastern Ukraine as a Peace Corps volunteer for 28 months. I'm running a 50 mile run int he mountains of Big Bear in 2 weeks and I plan on going to business school for my MBA in Singapore. If you have questions, please ask!
What is your teaching philosophy?
It's all about connecting with the students and creating lessons that engage each individual student. There is no cookie-cutter method to teaching, but each student and each class must be catered to.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, I would introduce myself and find out the student's strengths/ weaknesses. Most importantly, I need to know the students goals, and based on the goals we would design a study method most appropriate.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students will only be independent learners if they are excited about the material. The teacher's job is to get the students motivated about the material.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By making the lessons creative and engaging. The process is all about connecting with the students.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would slow my teaching style down, and possibly keep changing my style, until I saw some interest sparked in the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Increase their required reading time. The more you read, the more you know how to read; it's quite simple.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Evaluating the student's strengths and weaknesses.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Make the lesson relate to a moment, episode, or interest in the student's life.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The most EFFECTIVE way to make sure a student understands the material is to have the student teach/explain the material to me, the teacher.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Practice and positive feedback.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Asking the student what their needs are, but also looking at the student's strengths/weaknesses.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I would adapt my lesson.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Paper, pen, laptop.