Hi! I'm Sania, a first year student at Emory University, and I'm excited to meet and work with students!
My favorite teachers are always those who not only take interest in my education but also in my personality. I perform better in the classes that are important to me as an individual, and that often correlates to my relationship with the teacher. A tutor-student relationship should be similar, but one guided more by peer respect and guidance. I do my utmost to teach the material in a way that is relevant and interesting.
As a student, you can always be sure I will be prepared, patient, and open to questions. Additionally, my structure is flexible-- I'm here for you, the student. While I normally begin by teaching concepts and then working through examples until the concept makes sense, we can structure the session depending on your preferences. School can be a space for stress—a tutoring environment should be a calmer, peer-to-peer space where students can learn at their own pace and trust the tutor has their best interest at heart, which I always do.
Because of my interest in many disciplines, I can relate ideas across fields. No matter what your interests are as a student, I'm confident I can relate, and this relation will help us clarify difficult material. Outside of academics, my interests are varied. I'm a photographer, an ultimate frisbee player, a Model UN delegate, and a spoken word poet. I'm also working on starting my own small business.
Emory University - Current Undergrad, International Studies
SAT Composite: 2270
SAT Math: 720
SAT Verbal: 750
SAT Writing: 800
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 710
SAT Subject Test in Literature: 730
SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1: 740
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What is your teaching philosophy?
No matter how different two fields of thought seem from one another, there are usually at least a few elements that tie them together. A good teacher is one who connects these threads, and creates a more complete picture of the world for her students as a result.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We have to get to know and trust one another first, especially if we plan to work together for a while. I'd quickly learn my student's interests, strengths, and weaknesses, and vice versa. We'd then talk about expectations for the sessions in general, followed by expectations for this session in particular. I'm here at the student's disposal, so their questions come first. I would then teach any hazy concepts, and then we'd run through practice problems.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The best way to learn independently is to learn how to study and practice on one's own. To foster this, I would encourage my student to find interest in the material, and during the sessions, let my student work through problems with me as a guide as opposed to a spoon-feeder.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I always emphasize how important passions are. If you're interested in the material, you won't give up on it. While I will do my best to help spark that interest where it doesn't exist, it's important to have a respect for the field and realize how it's important to a student's end goal to get through.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try different teaching methods--first conceptual, then practice problems, and perhaps some videos or simulations. Questions are always welcome, of course, and we would work on it until it began to make sense.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is an invaluable skill, but so is skimming. Often students who struggle with reading comprehension are those who attempt to soak up every single word. While that works for some, it's often important to find key words and patterns in the writing to glean the important bits of information. I would teach my students how to do so.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Introductions. Discuss interests. Talk about how you learn. Begin teaching concepts!
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I can engage a student in a subject they might be struggling in by comparing and relating that subject to fields that do interest the student. And showing my passion and excitement might rub off as well.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I do, we do, you do. Once I teach concepts and do an example myself, I'd work through another one while asking questions of the student. Then, I'd ask the student to do a similar problem while asking me questions. Finally, the student would do a problem independently.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By working through multiple examples with the student and then allowing them to complete problems until the student gets them right and can explain the questions and answers back to me.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
1) Ask the students what they are unsure about. 2) Look at their test scores and assignment progress. 3) Work through some problems to see if they have assessed their own strengths.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use the whiteboard to draw diagrams and type out information. I often upload practice problems from online systems. I also occasionally share links to helpful videos or worksheets.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
While I normally go through a teaching session followed by practice problems and questions, I can tailor the session structure based on the student's needs. If the student needs me to help with homework or test prep, we can run through more practice. Or I can spend more time teaching using different methods. The student's needs come first!