As a tutor, I make it a point to understand what the student doesn't understand before I even get started looking at their homework or notes, that way, we both know what needs to be tackled. As I am tutoring, I make sure to check for mastery, ask if there is anything that is still 'foggy' to the student, and come up with acrostics or visual aides to help the student remember concepts. Also, if there is any doubt or anxiety, I make sure to address them and offer any advice or solutions to building self-confidence.
Trinity University - Bachelors, Physics
SAT Composite: 1180
High School Physics
Study Skills and Organization
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically only use a white board, a touch-sensitive LCD notepad, but also have notebook and graph paper, pencils, rulers, erasers, and sometimes a laptop.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
In order to get a student excited I would ask them their goals and encourage to achieve them, but I would also try to make jokes about the material or something that the material reminds me of. I could also use a real-life example or two to make the material relevant.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Depending on the comprehension level of the student, at times I have to slow down and explain every step in detail. Other times the student and I are both working in a frenzy-like state. I make sure to really pay attention to their processing pace and work with their speed.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When it comes to reading comprehension, I like to take things one word at a time, breaking it down by its roots and prefixes if needed. When I need to, I will paraphrase the entire sentence.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Depending on the subject, visual aides seem to work very well, whether they be outlines, sketches (of the problem), detailed dimensional analysis, or just definitions and sentences rewritten on a white board I use.