I sometimes say jokingly that I would still be in school if it wasn’t for the help of my math tutors during middle and high school. This statement summarizes the excellent experience I had with tutoring when I was a student. Now I am a teacher, and I want to pass on the benefits of tutoring that I once enjoyed to students who want to improve their skills. For more than six years, I have taught and tutored diverse groups of students, mostly at the college level. I also have experience teaching middle school students, and I’d be delighted to teach and tutor younger students as well. My teaching philosophy is to inspire my students, ignite their interest in a subject I am passionate about, and encourage them to become life-long learners. I use active teaching methods which allow my students to explore and experience a topic. For example, they might start by reading about the topic to acquire certain information, and then they’d discuss the information with their peers or with me. They might also watch a video or animation to better understand the material. Ultimately, they’d apply their knowledge, e. g., by answering questions or drawing a graph in a handout. My favorite subjects to tutor are geology and environmental science because they are about the planet we live on. We should be concerned about our environment and try to learn and understand as much as we can about Earth. I got my masters in geology at the University of Mainz in Germany, and I graduated with a Ph.D. in geology from the University of New Mexico. Being from Germany, I also tutor German, and I find it exciting to teach my own language and culture. I use a variety of teaching strategies such as playing games to practice vocabulary and grammar, listening to songs, and reading and writing exercises. Whenever my time allows, I like to go hiking, do yoga, read all kind of books, or watch movies.
University of Mainz Germany - Bachelors, Geology
University of New Mexico-Main Campus - PhD, Geology
GRE Verbal Reasoning: 520
GRE Quantitative Reasoning: 410
GRE Analytical Writing: 4
What is your teaching philosophy?
If I had to describe my teaching philosophy in one sentence I would chose a quote that I once saw in Germany and which translates to "Teaching is not about filling an empty bucket but about igniting a fire." I enjoy teaching because I love to inspire my students by engaging them in topics I am passionate about, always hoping that my enthusiasm might be contagious.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would find out before the first session what what the students wishes to work on and if he/she uses a textbook. Based on this information, I'd prepare an exercise or go over questions/exercises in the textbook. This would help me to find out more specifically what the challenges for the students are and how to proceed.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I'd encourage the student to work on the topic during our session and at school, and I'd acknowledge his/her efforts. Moreover, I might empower the student to find additional material and information about the topic on his/her own, e. g. videos, movies, current studies, in order to keep his/her interest alive.