I believe in helping each student reach his or her full potential. Each student learns material differently, and I try to implement different techniques to try and help everyone do his or her very best. If I haven't helped a student understand the material, then I haven't done my job correctly.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelors, Integrative Biology
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What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in helping each student reach his or her full potential. Each student learns material differently, and I try to implement different techniques to try to help everyone do his or her very best. If I haven't helped a student understand the material, then I haven't done my job correctly.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would probably like to review past homework questions or exam questions that the student struggled with. I'd like to see whether there is a specific pattern with the problems, or whether it's an issue of needing more studying and organizational problems.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student can become more independent when they learn how to process the material in a way that better helps them. Some ways are preparing for class by pre-reading material that will be covered, doing more example questions, or rewriting notes in a way that is more organized.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by congratulating them every time they work out a problem correctly, or understanding what they did wrong in the past.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try teaching the material in a different way, such as using more examples, or going over the basics, and then gradually building on those concepts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would try to place what the problem is with the reading comprehension. I would start by going over reading comprehension practice problems and seeing if the students are not paying attention to what they are reading, or whether they are having trouble with the vocabulary, or other such problems.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that strategies such as students taking their own notes and students explaining to me what we have covered during the tutoring session really allow for me to ensure that they have understood the material.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to relate the subjects to different subjects, activities, or hobbies that they do enjoy. I try to work with a student's strengths to help his or her weakness.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would have a student repeat the information that we covered back to me to ensure that all of the bases have been covered, or have them work through practice questions and passages at the end of the session.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would build a student's confidence in a subject by working with what the student already knows as a basis, and helping them fill in the blanks. It's crucial to help students who are afraid, and feel overwhelmed by the material.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would evaluate a student's needs by looking at past homework assignments and exams, as well as having them work through problems with me.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I try to adapt to a student's needs by trying to help fill in what a student doesn't understand, instead of just teaching the same material to each student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use the student's textbook, paper, different color pens, highlighters, a calculator if needed, and notes from the student, as well as my notes on the subject.