I first started tutoring in my college’s math lab while finishing my Associates degree in Mathematics and Science. In addition to tutoring math subjects privately with students, I also tutored online with several different companies. This gave me experience in teaching a wide variety of students from many different educational backgrounds. I have always enjoyed helping others learn and tutoring really lets me do that. There is something amazing about that moment when a concept clicks with a student. When they fully grasp a concept. These are the moments I aim for.
I am currently attending The State University of New York at Oneonta, perusing my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science.
I have always had a passion for music. I started playing guitar when I was ten, drums when I was fourteen, and continued on to learn piano in college. I also like running and snowboarding when the weather permits.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask the student what they are looking to accomplish and what kind of time they want to spend each week working on their subject. My next step would be accessing what concepts the student is struggling with and laying out a plan to help work with them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Showing a student the resources available to them is important. Practicing how to find information pertaining to their subject is a key factor.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think showing passion for a subject radiates to the students. If you are teaching without passion, the students pick up on that. Radiating initiative and excitement to learn is what helps students stay motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I will try to explain that concept in a different way. In addition, I would help the student understand as many practice problems as possible, as repetition greatly increases the likelihood a student will understand.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When students are struggling with reading comprehension, I try and break down the problems. It's easy for a new learner to get lost when looking at a paragraph sized problem. I show them how to break it down, sentence by sentence.