For 30 years I taught English and Latin to middle and high school students in a classroom setting. Since retiring, I have taught all ages from adults to elementary age children individually online. Home school parents often need my help in understanding English and Latin grammar. Often I find that much of the problem in translating Latin can stem from having a weak background in English grammar. Since my background includes teaching both English and Latin, I can strengthen a student’s skill in both of these areas. I usually start where the student is having the most difficulty and work to give students the right tools needed to make learning easier.
University of South Carolina - Bachelors, Secondary Education
What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to individualize the learning process. One size does not fit all in teaching.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will attempt to create an open and comfortable relationship with the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I try to allow the student time to answer before I offer it myself. Often, I suggest that the student think out loud so I can hear the steps in his or her arriving at the answer.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like to motivate a student by pointing out areas in which I see progress and suggesting ways to improve in future assignments.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break down the concept into more simple, individual steps that lead to finding the answer.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I read the problem aloud and then ask the student to tell me what I just read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I use simple charts to explain the material and then ask the student to explain it to me in his own words.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help the student find personal reasons to improve and continue to offer my support and belief in his ability to do the work.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would question the student on what I just explained and give him a chance to teach it back to me.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I start with easier examples before moving to more challenging ones.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask questions and make a note of areas where future help is needed.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I keep giving practice on the areas of weakness until he begins to improve.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use the white board for both of us to write and upload charts, as well as example sentences.