I am a recent graduate from University of Texas at Austin. I like nothing more than to help people understand the material that I enjoyed learning. I will work with the student to ensure that he/she gains a solid understanding of the material, while avoiding simply memorizing how to solve a few homework problems.
UniUniversiof Texas at Austin - Bachelors, Electrical and Computer Engineering
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe it is important to understand that people have different learning styles. It is important to present the material in a method compliant with the student’s strongest learning style.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Open a dialogue with the student about their goals of the session(s). This will let me know what is needed. Then we will discuss the student's strong and weak points in the material. From this, we can structure a plan to fit the needs of the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I don't believe that memorizing how to solve a problem or set of problems has much benefit. It is much more important to allow the student to build a strong understanding of the material. This will allow the student to build on the topics in future academia.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It is important to celebrate successes and remember the reason we are covering the material.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I feel it is important to revisit the supporting material that leads to the current topic. Also, I have always found success in explaining the material in several different ways. But most importantly, never give up!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Drawing pictures representing the problem is a helpful method for keeping track of the many moving parts of the problem. I would suggest breaking the problem down into smaller easier, more manageable pieces.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I will attempt to find a way to relate the material to something they are interested in.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Working problems is only a small part of learning the material. I like to conduct small quizzes to strengthen recollection of the material. Also, I will have the student describe a concept to me in way that makes sense to them and ensure that it still properly describes the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
It is important to celebrate small successes on the path to understanding.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
We must discuss the goals of the tutoring from the beginning. The reason for the tutoring, coupled with the strengths and weaknesses of the student will define the student’s needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each person learns in different ways and at different paces. It is important to gauge each individual to ensure that their needs are met.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
My goal is to show the student how to find supporting material on their topics. I will always use pen and paper to work out problems and keep the notes for future study. I will use a computer to find online resources the student can access on their own. I will rely on the material required for the course as a reference. Most importantly, I will take the time to show them how to use these resources.