I'm a second year Marketing and International Business student in the University of Georgia Honors Program, and I'm ready to use my passion and appreciation for the educational process to aid you in your journey towards academic success. I have always been a meticulous, diligent student - I graduated at the top of my high school class of over 350 students, and have since maintained a 4.0 GPA during my time at UGA. My attention to detail is exactly what makes me a great teacher to others; by obtaining a thorough understanding of a given topic, I am better able to explain it in a way that best suits the individual needs of each and every student. Additionally, I hold patience and understanding as one of my highest priorities in teaching others. While I do want to ensure that the student eventually achieves subject mastery, I also want to make certain that, during the learning process, the student speaks up when something is unclear and doesn't feel pressured or rushed. If given the opportunity to be your personal tutor, I will ensure each and every session we have brings you closer to your goals in the most productive, efficient and comfortable manner possible!
University of Georgia - Current Undergrad, Marketing and International Business
SAT Writing: 700
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What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A personal introduction is the first step in forming a healthy student-teacher relationship. I want my students to feel comfortable with me, so that during the learning process, they don't feel hesitant to ask questions or speak up when something needs to be explained in a different manner. Going from there, I would begin teaching in a standardized manner, and gradually adjust my teaching style so as to better accommodate the individual needs of the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By using varied teaching methods with my students, I can instill varied learning methods in them as well. I'm great at coming up with creative ways to easily memorize subject matter and grasp complex concepts. These imaginative strategies are crucial in forming an intrinsic passion for learning within my students - a passion that will drive them to learn on their own accord.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Students cannot be motivated simply by numbers on paper. While grades and test scores are a priority, it is passion that truly invigorates the learning process. By relating subjects to real-world situations, underlining the importance and relevance of various topics, and keeping the educational process alive with creative learning methods, I can instill a love of learning in my students, so that their motivation to learn becomes intrinsic.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Patience, understanding, and friendliness. I always want my students to feel comfortable speaking up when something is unclear. A student should never feel pressured to act like they understand something they don't because their teacher seems rushed. To ensure that a student understands a concept they are having difficulty with, I simply break the concept down into smaller, more basic parts until the student understands each of them. Once the student has understood each individual part of the breakdown of a topic, we can move on and begin to piece them together so the student understands how these parts are connected.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that the key to learning is inquiry. Thus, a student must always ask questions when something is unclear, no matter how silly they may seem. "He who asks a question is a fool for a moment. He who doesn't is a fool for a lifetime" is a wonderful Chinese proverb that I've always repeated to myself during my own studies. However, I'll never think a student to be a fool even for a moment! Ask away.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is a difficult skill to instill, but it can be instilled nonetheless. To start, you break down the story at its face value - characters, setting, etc. Then, you look at the relationships between all of these elements until you understand how they are interconnected. That's all reading comprehension really is -- understanding how the different elements of a story are related.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being personable and making sure the student feels comfortable is key. I never want a student to feel like our relationship is strictly professional. Every student should know that I genuinely care about their academic success. Once they know this, they will be more comfortable with me and my teaching methods as well. Forming a good student-teacher relationship at the start is crucial to form a strong foundation for the learning process.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relating subjects to real-world examples helps students understand the subject's importance and relevance. Without knowing what a subject is really useful for, students will have little motivation to learn it. As for the struggling issue -- it's okay to struggle, and the student needs to know that. However, it's not okay to accept mediocrity. I would help them fight their academic troubles by showing them how important the subject is to everyday life, and using that importance to motivate them to become masters of the subject!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
It is essential that students repeat learned concepts to me so that I can be certain that they have actually learned them. They should repeat these concepts in a way that is different from the way I explained it, so I know they are not simply regurgitating, but rather have a true understanding of the subject matter.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
It is essential that students understand that everyone learns differently. It's not that they are a "bad" student, they just haven't been taught the subject matter in a way that best suits their individual needs. It's impossible for a teacher to cater to every student's learning style, but a tutor like myself can offer a far more personalized lecture style. Once they get that extra help, as well as the skills to teach themselves in the most effective manner possible, they will be confident in their ability to master any given subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I generally start teaching in a standardized manner. As I get a feel for what is working and what isn't, I gradually adjust my teaching methods to cater to the individual needs of the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Visual aids are crucial to the learning process. Humans learn best when as many senses as possible are used while learning. Online, I utilize the blank board to illustrate concepts in a manner that is more representative of a given subject than a simple auditory lecture. In real life, I always prefer paper. Physically writing out concepts has been proven to be more effective than typing them, so I always encourage my students to utilize tangible materials over technology. We are humans, not computers, after all! Highlighters are also visually helpful. They (literally) highlight important, umbrella-like concepts so the student can more easily have an idea of the general scope of what they need to learn.