I am currently a straight A-undergraduate aiming to receive a bachelors degree in civil engineering . Being an engineer student requires me to focus on mathematics and physics subjects. The reason why I chose to tutor those subjects in specific is because these subjects are found to be the basic structures of engineering. I am a qualified tutor aiming to help students with all I can do to achieve their goals. Not knowing a subject does not mean that you have lack of intelligence, and not understanding a subject does not mean that you have a problem. The problem comes only when you are willing to give up. As long as their is a will to succeed , their always comes a way. And hopefully I would be your way to achieving if your academic goals.
What is your teaching philosophy?
There is no limit for knowledge if you are willing to learn, after all, if there is a will, there is a way! And also, benefit from every chance you have!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Of course I would get to know him/her before we start, since a student would learn more from a friend than from a complete stranger.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
At first, I would teach the student tricks I would like to use. Another thing, I would make sure he understands the basics before getting deep, and would show him how to relate subjects.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By giving life examples, and proof that no hard work will go to waste. If he grows a tree today, he will definitely live to its fruits tomorrow.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
There are many ways to solve such issues. First, draw what you read. English is my second language, but with practice I am learning to master it. In other words, no problem can't be solved without some extra practice.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Sketching the question is one strategy. Another strategy might be comparing the idea of the lesson to what is being asked. Also, eliminating extra ideas from the question would also help.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
It depends on the subject. For mathematics and physics, understanding the ideas is important, but practicing the problems is necessary. After all, those are scientific subjects.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The personal notes strategy works every time. This method is used when solving exercises and highlighting the important ideas, and writing down in what context they are used in.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Of course everyone is more optimistic and feels more confident when they are doing what they understand. I would teach the student everything I know. And if a method is unclear, there are always tons of other methods that can be used alternatively.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student has his own way in understanding. Make sure that the student is satisfied with what is being explained. Another method is trying to figure out what exactly is the struggle with the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
For scientific subjects, a pen, paper, and calculator is more than enough to explain anything.