I believe that within every student lies the ability to learn. As a tutor, it is my job to determine how best that student learns and to pull it out. Each student may learn in a variety of ways. Some learn verbally, others visually and most can learn by doing it. I find fulfillment in unlocking what a student didn't believe they could do. Watching the light bulb go on as they come to understand a concept brings great satisfaction. I endeavor to impact the lives of students to help them be the best that they can be.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in allowing students to discover that the answers they seek can be found within. I want to assist them in drawing the answers from themselves.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session will be to assess what the student needs help with. We will look at subject matter, grades and potential hurdles to create a plan of attack.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My role is to help the student to realize that there are many different ways to learn. Finding out how they best learn will set them up to continue optimal learning without assistance.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by continuously challenging them. As they continue to be pushed, it creates engagement and an excitement for learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Each student learns at a different rate and may struggle with different things. I strip the concept down to its simplest form and build on each piece until the student is able to put it all together.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Struggles with reading comprehension are common. As we attack word problems we will identify specific parts of every problem that give us clues as to how to solve the problem.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that listening and being creative are essential to being a good tutor. As you listen to what the student is saying or what they are not saying you can gauge understanding and help to create easier ways to master what can be at times abstract concepts.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
As a tutor it is my responsibility to show the student the end game. Every student has dreams and ambitions. Showing them how this struggle will help them to achieve their goals and ambitions is how engagement is created.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I give problems of increasing complexity. Depending on the student I may give problems that are harder than the material on which they will be tested. In doing so it ensures that they have mastered the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Building a studentニ_s confidence is crucial in the learning process. By giving them small victories along the way they realize that they do have what it takes to learn and to be successful in their work.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Many things go into evaluation of a student's needs. Speaking with parents, evaluating test scores, looking at homework and curriculum all play a vital role in evaluating student needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Once I have gained an understanding of how a student learns, I tailor my approach to fit that student's learning style. Every student doesn't learn well from every teaching style so it must be altered to achieve maximum success.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I generally use the student's textbook and materials upon which they will be tested. I will also create additional materials based on where the student is and where they should be.