I am currently third year Senior at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. I am studying Psychology with a minor in Communication. I absolutely love meeting new students and helping each individual learn in order to help them achieve their goals not just academically, but also personal goals and dream. As a tutor, I have had experience with elementary and middle school math, elementary writing and English, and as a current Psychology major, I am also comfortable with tutoring Psychology for both the high school and undergraduate levels. Especially when it comes to working with elementary students, I am familiar with teaching new and abstract concepts, such as fractions, long division, etc., in a way that makes it easier for students to visualize and understand. I am a patient and encouraging tutor, but I also want my students to learn and grow and will not allow the tutoring sessions to become an hour long period where I simply give answers. Rather, I am a strong believer in students attempting to solving each problem by themselves first. When it is the right time, I will then step in to guide them along, but my main goal is for my students to be challenged and for them to try new things and persevere through initial frustrations and failures. I am so incredibly excited to get to know you and face through your academic challenges and roadblocks with you!
Wheaton College (Illinois) - Current Undergrad, Psychology
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is all about integrating patience and encouragement with challenges to promote learning. I believe that each person has such great potential, and one simply has to unlock that ability. And one way of discovering the possibilities of a person is through guiding the person with immense care and patience, while still pushing them to strive for excellence and try new things.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I would try my best to create a basic layer of trust and friendship. By getting to know my student as a person before his or her academic needs and struggles, I will be able to cater my teaching style to fit my student's personality and the best way of learning for him or her. In addition, this will allow me to have an understanding of how I could potentially make new academic concepts more applicable to the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help my student become an independent learner by allowing them to try everything first. I am not a tutor who will easily give away the solutions or techniques on how to solve a problem. I believe that perseverance is such a key to learning independently, so I will make sure I am pushing my students to use their own abilities and knowledge first. This will be accompanied by immense support and encouragement, and at the right time, I will step in to help them better understand the idea or concept.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help my students stay motivated by getting to know them as a friend first. In this way, I will have a better understanding of things they like, dislike, their personality, etc. This will help me know how I can encourage and support each individual according to what he or she responds to the most positively and effectively.