Math as a subject is not everyone's cup of tea, but it really is not the hardest subject on earth. I have been fascinated about Math since I was in high school, the fact that to be good in Math needs practice and just practice, amazes me as to why people fail Math. It only needs time, and that is time for practice and making sure that you can understand the skill behind the questions. Mastering of the steps in order to solve a question comes from the time, the practice and the patience that you will give the process. Skills and Concepts are easy to master as long as one is willing to acquire and retain so that one can recall if presented with a similar problem. The more practice one does, the better a person becomes and I believe that nothing is impossible.
Egerton University, Kenya - Bachelors, Pure Mathematics
American College of Education - Masters, Educational Technology
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out the fears and struggles that the student has, particularly certain units or topics.. Ask the student after the session how it went.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Show him or her the skills and knowledge that they can use in order to be successful.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Improve on the methods and skills necessary for them to make steps easier in order for them to get the answer.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Find easier strategies of acquiring or learning the skill or concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Go over similar questions that have easier words to understand and comprehend. Show them easier ways to handle word problems like chunking and underlining.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Let the student gain your trust and show them your expectations, remind them that they have the potential to succeed no matter what they are going through. Get parents involved as well.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Easier ways of learning the subject will always do the trick. Let them gain confidence and show them that they can do it by themselves.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Use questioning method as you explain the steps, use guided practice and include formative assessment techniques to solve questions after learning a new skill or concept.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Show them how easy it is to achieve the answer, but the student has to be willing.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Questioning, formative assessment, leave out what they know and as you continue the missing areas will become visible.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Being flexible, gaining the students' confidence, encouraging them to show their best.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
A calculator, writing utensil, graph papers, scratch paper, and laptop.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every child can pass math, no matter his or her background, or their experiences; it can be done.