My name is Dylan Luebke. I am a senior at the University of Colorado Denver studying Biology. I am hoping to continue on after I graduate and obtain my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I am dedicated to the education of both myself and others and am a strong advocate for life-long learning.
University of Colorado Denver - Current Undergrad, Biology
ACT Math: 31
ACT Science: 31
What is your teaching philosophy?
There is no right or wrong way to learn. Every student is different, and therefore it is vital that each student is treated as an individual and their learning style catered to.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I see what sort of foundation the student has in the subjects I will be tutoring. This will give me an idea of what we need to work on in order to move forward.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Make sure the student understands why they are doing something, rather than just knowing how to do it. If they understand the why, a student is more likely to work on material outside of sessions or school.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is an individual experience. Taking breaks while studying can help a student study for longer periods of time, which will help them stay motivated while reviewing material. Other students may need a reward or goal to work toward to give purpose to their learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Go back to basics. If a student doesn't understand a particular concept or skill, it is usually because they don't have complete mastery of a prerequisite skill or understanding. If this isn't the case, approaching the topic from a different standpoint may help the student to understand the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I encourage them to take it slowly and look for keywords that will help them recall the passage later. Imagery and descriptions are more memorable than blocks of text, so the student's ability to immerse themselves in the story or passage is a big part of comprehension. If the material is non-fiction, a highlighter is an important tool for remembering the material.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like to ask a student what it is they struggle with. This will give an idea of their understanding of a given topic and allow me to work from where they are rather than trying to teach them something they may not be prepared for.