I’m a current ungraduate student at Boston College where I am a computer science major; however I’m taking 6 months away from school to spend more time at home down here in Georgia. I have only recently gotten into the field of computer science due to my lifelong obsession with math and up until about 6 months ago I was actually a math major. I’m originally from Montclair, New Jersey and I went to high school in England, but I have really taken to Georgia since my dad moved down here 3 years ago. I love sports in general, but my favorites are football, soccer, baseball, and basketball. I also have a love of video games and video game design, which partially lead to my introduction into computer science. I’m passionate about all of my hobbies and interests and, having grown up with 6 siblings, I am very patient when it comes to learning and teaching. I am available to tutor almost 24/7 and I look forward to working with you!!
Boston College - Current Undergrad, Computer Science
SAT Math: 780
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching is all about getting the student engaged in what they are learning. Making the process of learning fun and relaxed encourages students to push forward with their education both inside and outside of the classroom.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The most important thing to do in the first lesson is to find out how the student learns best by experimenting with different teaching techniques and seeing which ones work best.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students will only try to learn things in their own time if they are interested in the subject that they are learning about. In order to get a student interested in a subject, you need to make learning it fun, relaxing and as engaging as possible
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Thinking of new and fun ways to convey information to students keeps them interested and engaged in the learning process.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Everyone learns differently, so one teaching method will not work for everyone. It's important to adapt your methods in order to best fit each student. If a student is struggling, then that means that your current method does not work with them and needs changing.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When given a large paragraph of text, a lot of students get flustered and don't know how to appropriately deal with all this information. The easiest solution to this problem is to go through the text sentence by sentence, or even word by word, with the student to make sure that they get and understand all the information provided to them.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When starting work with a student, I have found that the most important thing to do is to get to know the student and find out how they learn. By doing this, I can adapt my teaching to best fit the needs and strengths of the student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
The only way that a student can get excited about a subject is by learning to enjoy it. By creating a relaxed and fun atmosphere during my tutoring sessions, I try to make the student have fun while learning about their subject and, therefore, they become more excited and engaged by the subject as a whole.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The first step in ensuring that the student understands is to break down each component of the material to make sure that they understand each individual component. Secondly, you do practice problems with the student and guide them towards (not tell them) the answer when they need help.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
You can only truly be confident in your knowledge of a subject if you feel like you know it from the ground up. That's why I try to start from where the student does feel confident and build on that using logic and basic explanations in order to improve their general knowledge of the material.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I always try to get to know the student somewhat in order to develop an understanding of how they learn and how I can change to improve their experience. Once I understand how the student learns and what kind of person the student is, I find out the last place the student felt comfortable in the subject and build from there.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning are the three main categories of how a student learns. In order to adapt to my student's needs, I try methods that appeal to each of these three categories individually and try to figure out which category of learning style works best for the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
A pen, paper, and our brains.