I am a graduate of Lehman College of The City University of New York. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with an Accounting concentration, covering both financial and cost accounting. I have an extensive background in professional accounting both as a corporate Assistant Controller and as self employed. My tutoring experience is in adult English as a second language on a volunteer basis. I contracted out as an insurance auditor classifying employee functions in to various workers compensation categories. I set up a cost accounting reporting system for a furniture manufacturer to insure project (job) profitability. My position as Assistant Controller required that I produce monthly financial statements and inventory control. A process costing system was used to value inventory that becomes available for sale.
Having a degree in Economics, I have the knowledge and ability to tutor non-economics majors in the principles of economics, i.e. the study of scarce resources.
My favorite subjects to teach are financial and cost accounting. My method of teaching is to apply Generally Accepted Accounting Principles to the books and records of business entities. A very common and effective tool for applying those principles is the 'T' account. They help in making the proper distribution of transactions into the books and records, i.e. journals and ledgers. I'm retired and am available for total attention to the student's needs to insure success. Students interested in a career in management or self employment must know the building blocks to make effective decisions regarding the protection of assets, liabilities, and owners' equity.
By the way, if you want to talk a little bit about music or photography, I'm sure that would be fun, like accounting and economics!
Lehman College of the City University of New York - Bachelors, Economics/Accounting Concentration
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The immediate requirement is to find a quiet place for total concentration, such as a library.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would tell him that the subject matter is relevant to the world around him/her. The student would make a connection between what interests him and the basic knowledge required to pursue his passions and goals.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would cite examples of correct answers from books, the Internet, etc.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would show where the student used his thinking skills to provide the correct answers.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Interview the student to get an idea about how he feels about the subjects he is studying in school.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
An outline or syllabus of the material to be covered. Library books or Internet sites.
What is your teaching philosophy?
What the student learns serves as building blocks for a successful future.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would have a leisurely conversation to build up the student's trust in me as a tutor.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would teach the student discipline in his studies, i.e., satisfy his own curiosity by using some spare time to think about his future.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would praise the student for work well done, and build up a cache of knowledge that has reflected his progress.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would draw up a list of the possible difficulties the student might exhibit so as to prepare for addressing potential difficulty in learning.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is essential to success in whatever the student's goals for life are. I would break down sentences into their grammatical elements and teach the rules of the road in the English language. Then, I would have the student reconstruct the sentence using the grammatical building blocks in order to comprehend the command, question, declaration, etc.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I would check with the student as to how he feels about the tutoring process and to adjust my methods and procedures to suit him, keeping in mind the program for learning.