I am a dedicated student, who enjoys helping others. This is my main motivation for becoming a tutor. I have some experience from my time in high school, and I would love the opportunity to continue to help the youth. Math has been my strongest subject since I was a youth, so that is why I would feel comfortable helping with that subject.
Volunteering has been a big part of my life, and in this, I ended up gaining experience with kids around these ages. This should help in my dealing with younger students.
I have my own car, so getting around to meet up with clients should not be an issue at all.
I appreciate the consideration.
UCSB - Current Undergrad, Pre-Financial Math & Statistics
What is your teaching philosophy?
I feel patience is key, and one must be able to adapt to different student's styles.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Go over what material they feel comfortable with, and take it from there.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Not giving them an answer and having them work out a problem themselves pushes students to become independent learners. Some assistance along the way is fine.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Just be encouraging throughout the session, and tell them it is ok to not understand what is going on.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try different approaches on explaining the material. After this, I would try to work on some easier examples.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would be patient and start trying to explain what the reading is stating. Maybe taking notes as the student reads would help the student with the comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First you need to get to know the student's learning style. Then start with whatever it is they are having trouble with.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I have had this problem, so I would be able to relate to them. I would share my experiences, and then try to help them understand the material so it does not seem so bad.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask different questions of similar style to see how good of an understanding the student has.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would try to make them feel good for getting a problem right, or starting to understand some new material.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask how the subject is going, and what parts they understand. This helps point out what they are struggling with.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I figure out where they are with the material, and then adjust what I would be going over with them based off of this.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I would bring a calculator as well as my laptop. This would help me in case I need a reminder on any topic that arises. I would also bring spare paper and some writing utensils.