I think that students should not be afraid of subjects they are bad at, rather they should approach it with enthusiasm because it means they have the opportunity to learn.
I go to University of Texas at Austin and I am studying Petroleum Engineering.
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What is your teaching philosophy?
I think that learning a subject is not hard, as long as it is taught correctly. Everyone learns differently. Some subjects are scary to students, and they need a tutor who can break it down step by step, go at their pace and help them build the foundation they need to understand the subject.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would introduce myself and get to know the student, and ask them what particular area of the subject they are struggling with. The more I know about the student, the better I can cater my teaching to the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
You don't teach them how to answer the specific problem; you teach them the concept so they can answer every type of that problem. From there, they gain confidence and are able to become an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Through showing the student the purpose and importance of what he is learning. If he knows that what he is learning is not useless, then he is more motivated to learn.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would approach the subject from a different angle. Each student is different. If he is having difficulty learning a concept, breaking it down or drawing pictures may be more beneficial.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Many kids try to read too fast or just get bored reading. I would tell them to slow down and summarize each paragraph before moving on so we know they have comprehended the passage.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
For mathematics, I find drawing pictures very effective.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would start with a cool trick that they might not know about that makes the problem a lot easier. The reason that students are not excited or engaged in a subject is because they think the subject matter is hard. Making it easy makes the student more excited.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask them to teach me the stuff I taught them. I would tell them to teach me how to do the problem to show mastery.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would start with something easy so they can gradually build up to the hard stuff. That way they are not put into an uncomfortable situation from the beginning.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I base on what they need help on. I ask them what they don't like, what they're struggling with and what they feel they need to improve on.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each student is different; some students learn better from hearing it. Some are visual learners and like to draw pictures. It is the tutor's job to recognize that and adapt.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to use manipulatives. Kids seem to work better with something physical when it is working with time, coins, and fractions.