ACCOUNTING: Need help in making sense of all those accounting principles and entries that you must make??
ESPAÑOL: You want help from someone who is sympathetic to the challenges of learning a new language and can make the experience enjoyable and not a drudgery??
Then I am the tutor for you!
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University - Bachelors, Accounting, Economics
University of Pennsylvania - Masters, MBA
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Allow the student to articulate the following: 1) His like/dislike of the subject matter; 2)His understanding of the subject matter; 3)Where his understanding goes off track; 4) current study habits for the subject I would then explain the importance of the subject to the overall scheme of his learning. Lay out the appropriate study habit for the subject matter. Depending upon the immediate needs of the student (i.e. preparation for an upcoming test), I would gauge an appropriate starting point.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching the student how to approach the subject matter and how to study.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Particularly with students who have short-attention spans, I would keep the lectures brief, even if I have to break up a lecture into "short bites." Give the student more practice problems and various types of practice problems.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break it up into bite-size morsels.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When the subject matter is not a foreign language, I would give the student an approach to reading: 1. I would lay out the direction and parts of the chapter under study. 2. Discuss how paragraphs are structured so that the student knows what to focus on in his reading. 3. Read in sections and have the student pull out the salient points. 4. Have the student make notes of these salient points. This process would be repeated for the duration of the chapter and in all future sessions until the student has made this approach his own.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Empathy!!!! Also the student must understand the importance of the subject matter and how it ties into his course of study.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
1. Query the student on the salient parts of the subject matter. 2. Present problems that test his problem-solving approach. 3. Give the student real-life problems to which the material applies.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
As a tutor, I must always be positive. Give praise when a student does something right and let the student know where he gets off-track.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Through an assessment of the following: The student's like/dislike of the subject and why; The student's apprehension of the subject matter; The student's study habits of the material; The student's ability to learn and comprehend what he reads; Any learning impediments that the student possesses.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
My goal is to always make learning fun. I have to quickly assess how best to teach the material in light of learning impediments that the student brings to the table.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I never leave home without my laptop. Depending on the subject matter: a calculator, smartphone with a dictionary app and any other suitable app. Blank paper would also be useful.
What is your teaching philosophy?
1. Present the concept. 2. Lay out the approach for working through practice exercises. 3. Give the student practice exercises for skill-building. 4. Listen to the thought process used by the student in approaching the practice exercises. 5. Make corrections as appropriate. 6. Give the student as many real-life problems that could be faced as a result of working in the subject area.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I think that it is important to make learning fun. Find unconventional, out-of-the-book ways to practice the material. Especially with learning a foreign language, we would listen to music in the language, use the Internet to find the lyrics, and learn songs in the language. I am a big believer in watching cartoons designed for toddlers of the foreign language.