I hail from the greater Chicago area, and I am a senior at DePaul University studying Computer Science and Game Development. While programming is exciting to me, one of my other passions is teaching the math and science subjects that accompany Computer Science. I learned very early on that it wasn't the material that was most essential to learning, but it is the proper learning environment that really pushes students to do their best. That is the goal of my tutoring sessions: to create an environment where it's great to ask questions, and perfectly okay to not quite get it at first.
DePaul University - Bachelors, Computer Science
ACT Composite: 32
ACT English: 30
ACT Math: 35
ACT Reading: 30
ACT Science: 34
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I think tackling the most pressing issue is the way to go. Forget about the other things the student is having trouble with; tackle each task one at a time.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I think itニ_s cool to link it to real-world scenarios that the student is interesting in. Like if someone was a history buff, but needed help with logs, you could talk about how you can use logs and exponentials to model populations. Additionally, I think showing the student that they can do it, by understanding one task, helps a lot.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to do practice problems. I feel itニ_s the easiest to gauge methods that a student uses to achieve their goals.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
If a student can understand just one topic that they struggled with before, I feel it really helps them be confident enough to continue with understanding the material.