I'm a senior at the University of Oklahoma majoring in Aerospace Engineering. I have substantial experience in tutoring at the collage level and I am always glad to develop other students and learn in the process. A lot of students believe school is hard which is partly due to the over emphasis of grades rather than learning. The learning systems is not always student oriented which demoralizes most students and they often question the need for education. I believe developing students into agile thinkers is the key a better learning experience. They will not only be making grades but also learning. You can accomplish anything you put your mind to and my principle in life is that; it's only impossible until it's done.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Encouraging critical thinking and guiding students into solving the problems themselves
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introductions and getting to know the students better; their strengths and weaknesses.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Encourage critical thinking and develop them into agile thinkers.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Come up with ways of making of making the sessions exciting and student oriented.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Break down the concepts into simpler, digestible concepts, and practice practice practice.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Have them read the questions first, that way they have an idea of what they're looking to understand.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Using day to day scenarios and simple examples that they relate to.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Be positive about it; reassure them and develop them into independent learners.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Make sure they understand the basic concepts and build up on that.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Getting the student to better figure out his/her learning and tailor the sessions to the student's needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
White board, markers, pen/paper.