My mission as a tutor is to not only help with the curriculum, but to also help the student develop study skills that they can apply to any subject that they are faced with in the future. I guide students to the answer, help the student use his/her resources, and try to make learning as fun as it can be. I have had over 120 students (~100 from being a supplemental instruction leader, and ~20 from private tutoring), and hope to continue to help students achieve success in whatever they put their minds to.
California State University-Long Beach - Bachelors, Nutritional Science
SAT Composite: 1800
What is your teaching philosophy?
To guide students to the answer, apply concepts to real life, and to enjoy the learning process.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Look at the syllabus, assess where the student is regarding the curriculum, and ask big picture questions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
GUIDE the student to the answer. Help them to utilize all resources (book, index, internet, etc.) Also, help the student learn how to question him or herself so that when stuck, they can form guiding questions on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive reinforcement. Also, after every lesson, I ask them to think about what they know now that they didn't know at the beginning of the session. This helps the student realize that their work pays off.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Take one step back until we find the place/concept that they DO understand. Then we build off that.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Try different approaches. Read aloud, listen to me read, etc. Also, stopping after every paragraph to reiterate in our own words what that paragraph just told us.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Find out their strengths and weaknesses. Then we have a better idea how to move forward.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Apply the subject to real life. For example, if we are learning about the process of sound transduction, give a fun fact about why we lose the ability to hear high-pitched noises before low-pitched noises.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Question them. Ask them to explain in their own words what we just went over. Also by asking critical thinking concepts that require understanding of material in order to answer correctly.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on the subject. I like whiteboards because they are versatile and students seem to enjoy them.