Being able to help others to understand a subject always makes me proud. During my study in college, I have worked as a math tutor for two years. It was one of the greatest work experiences I have ever had. Working as a tutor not only helped others to understand better, but also improved my teaching skills and strengthened my understanding of a subject.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelors, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
What is your teaching philosophy?
Each person has different learning styles. Personalizing teaching styles can maximize the student's learning efficiency and quality. Thus, it is important to build a strong relationship with the student because it is the best way to understand the student's interests, learning strength, and weaknesses.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first tutoring session, I would try to understand the student's needs to improve their understanding of the subject. I would ask a few questions related to the subject and figure out what the student has already understood, and what still needs to be improved. Then, I would set up goals and schedules with the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would assign homework for the student to solve individually. And, I would also test or quiz the student regularly. It would not only help me to observe the student's learning progress, but it would also allow the student to solve problems on his/her own and get feedback regularly.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
As a tutor, I believe it is important to show up in each session with a positive mood. It is a start of motivating the student to learn. And, I would also provide some opportunities for the student to succeed and let them feel the progress.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to find out the cause of this difficulty and try different approaches to help the student to understand.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would read with the student, and teach the student the way that I would read, such as making outlines, dividing the reading into sections, or taking notes while reading. Then, I would have a discussion with the student about what we've just read, and have the student read it over again.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Each student has different learning strengths and weaknesses. To make the learning experience more efficient, it is important to maximize the use of the student's strengths and minimize the weaknesses.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would make a studying outline ahead of time. And I'd give the student a clear idea of what will be taught, and the time frame that will be spent on each topic. On each topic, I would provide some opportunities for the student to succeed, and help the student get excited about what has been achieved.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would regularly give a short quiz to the student to measure what the student has already understand, and what still needs to be improved. If the student still needs improvements on a certain topic, I would repeat the exercise until the student fully understands the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would set up some achievable goals for the student, and assist the student to achieve these goals. Every time when the student achieves a goal, I would praise the student's achievement and offer some rewards.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would discuss with the student first, and get an idea of what the student thinks he or she is struggling with. Then I would provide some measurements, such as a few simple questions or quizzes, to get a clear idea of what the student needs to improve. It would also help if the student has some feedback from the teachers, such as tests, exams, and homework. I would review these materials to figure out what the student needs to work on.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I would find out what the way that the student learns best. Some students learn best with verbal explanation, and some students learn better with hands-on materials or visual aids. I would adapt my tutoring style according to the student's learning style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I would review the students textbooks, tests, and homework, in order to find out what materials fit the student's needs best. It would also be helpful to get in touch with the parents and teachers, in order to better determine what materials to use for the student.