You wouldn't give every carpenter only a screwdriver and expect them to be able to build a full set of cabinets. The same thought can be applied to learning. Every student has the ability to excel, given the proper tools. It is my job, as a tutor, to figure out what tools work best for each student.
Hi! My name is Ronan. I graduated in 2014 with a BA in Economics and Organizational Management and a strong minor in Classical Civilizations and LIteratures. (The official titles were so long that my school could not fit it all on my diploma!) I enjoy maths very much- especially applied maths- but my true passion is in literature and the arts. In fact, I am happiest when I can cross-connect disciplines, and I especially enjoy helping my students connect those dots as well.
Agnes Scott College - Bachelors, Economics and Organizational Management
ACT Composite: 30
ACT English: 34
ACT Reading: 32
ACT Science: 30
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If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I always try to make the material relevant to the student. If the student plays baseball, I can use baseball metaphors to make the content easier to grasp. If the student is great at math but struggles with English, I show the student that language is a formula.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I believe in metacognition, or thinking about thinking. Identify where the difficulty occurs. Identify what the difficulty is. Restate the difficult sentence or passage in their own words. Look back through the text. Look forward in the text for information that might help them to resolve the difficulty. These are the strategies I use to help students better understand what texts are saying.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Games! There is nothing better than making subjects fun for the student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to have the student summarize the material they are learning as they learn it. It is part of my philosophy on metacognition, or thinking about thinking.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement is important in regards to confidence. I believe in both earned praise and material reward.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I think the most important part of a first meeting is to make sure the student knows they matter and that I want them to succeed as much as they do.