As an educator, I help students meet their fullest potential, so they can grow academically with high self-esteem. Tutoring provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning. We all have strengths and weaknesses, and it's imperative we ask questions to reach our goals. My tutoring involves weaknesses in the following: reading comprehension, phonics, inference, writing, mechanics, college entrance writing, and more.
UH Victoria - Bachelors, Science
UH Clear Lake - Masters, Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
Give scholars a working environment where they work to their highest potential, and they will reach their goals.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first tutoring session, I will ask the student to explain in detail what we have to accomplish. Then, I will ask the student to model the strategies in which he or she can find the answer/writing focus. This is a huge step in helping me find out more about the student's strengths and weaknesses.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by modeling how to solve a reading/writing weakness. I will then ask the student to model the same strategy. This will take place on a couple of occasions for mastery.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It's imperative to give the student praises where appropriate to help keep a student motivated, in addition to creating a motivational chart.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty with learning a skill or concept, I will model how to improve the weakness. Then, I will ask the student to utilize the strategy to see progress.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To improve reading comprehension, I will first take into consideration the students' fluency rate and ask the students questions in relation to a reading. This will help me in deciding what steps I will take first. It could involve one of the following: the type of question asked, characterization, relationships between characters, summarizing, main idea, etc.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Successful strategies I have found most successful when working with a new student involve a step by step process and a discussion as to "why" we take the necessary steps.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would show the students their strengths in the subjects they are struggling in to improve engagement.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask additional questions/writing examples of the student that are like/similar to the assignment to show understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Manipulatives may involve the following: a writing template, writing examples, a parts of speech list, small reading samples, close strategies to help answer reading STAAR questions, use of the whiteboard, etc.