I have always enjoyed the process of finding new and creative ways to explain concepts. I have found that with the right explanation, and the appropriate upbeat and positive attitude, every student can learn. There is nothing more rewarding for me than that "I get it!" moment. I love tutoring because it provides a unique experience to work one on one with a student! Working one on one lets me find the unique learning style of a student, allowing learning to be more interactive and, I find, fun! In a traditional classroom there is very little time allowed for the individual and personalized attention one can get in a tutoring environment.
Mount Holyoke College - Bachelors, Biochemistry
ACT Composite: 32
ACT English: 35
ACT Reading: 34
ACT Science: 31
SAT Verbal: 730
What is your teaching philosophy?
I have always enjoyed the process of finding new and creative ways to explain concepts. I have found that with the right explanation, and the appropriate upbeat and positive attitude, every student can learn. There is nothing more rewarding for me than that "I get it!" moment.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First introduce myself, ask how the student is doing, and see what the student is struggling with, or what they feel the problem is. Allowing the student to address the challenge first allows me to find out how much the student already knows and gives me a better idea of how to help. And, of course, I assure them that it is completely understandable to need help!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By allowing the student to do as much of the work on their own as possible, while allowing for as few false starts/errors as I can, I help the student grow in confidence and feel they are able to work without as much assistance.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I try to keep students motivated by always checking and making sure they understand my explanations, while providing lots of positive encouragement every time they get a step right! My method involves setting up the problem in such a way that the intermediate steps are quite obvious, helping the student gain confidence and allowing for many "great job!" moments.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The first thing I think is necessary is to find the root of the misunderstanding. Sometimes the student has just forgotten a basic concept or rule, and filling in that gap is all that is necessary to help the student understand. I work back to the very basic underlying concept, then go step by step to make sure the student understands the entire process.