I am a Junior at University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Chemistry. I originally come from Poland, therefore I can fluidly speak in two languages: Polish and English. I've been tutoring my friends since I came from the US., helping them out with problems they were stuck with, even if I wasn't a class with them. I think that I can help out in many ways with scientific/mathematical problems people have hard time with. If I am unfamiliar with the concept, I am always trying to at least look over some notes and figure things out on my own to help out as much as I can.
My main goal for tutoring, is to provide people with more than one way of explaining a single problem. I want to make sure that I am able to make sense with my words and make it easier for the person I'm talking to to understand the concept of his or her question.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I am trying to make myself easily understood, explaining my techniques in a couple of different ways and using different methods to help students see my point.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I am willing to share my own tricks and tactics for learning subjects to help out others.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would always encourage the student to never give up. Practice makes you better and helps you stay better.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to use different wording or different techniques to show him or her how one problem can be see more easily when explained in a different way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
1. Take your time. 2. Reread a couple of times if you have to. 3. Try to word the problem differently yourself.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Always look to what students reacts best and what helps him or her learn in the most efficient way.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Always try to motivate them with your words whenever they get your point and are able to do the problem themselves.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Depends whether the student is or isn't a visual learner.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I am trying to get to the point where they are able to do the problem by themselves.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I am trying to see the reason they are struggling with a problem, and try to explain it in the easiest way I can think of.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am willing to spend more time on a problem, breaking it into many parts if a student needs that.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pen and paper are the best tools. I can draw on that or compute equations.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'd try to see how they react to me, and how focused they can stay for the first 15 minutes, before making a decision on using different techniques.