I want to help you realize your goals with the approach that is right for you. I've learned that anyone can truly master any subject as long as they have someone who can relay the material in a way that can be absorbed and digested. I have been tutoring for years in college and Graduate school and love seeing people succeed.
Alfred University - Bachelors, Physics/Mathematics
Stony Brook University - Current Grad Student, Physics
What is your teaching philosophy?
Be patient with the student and find the approach that works for them. I have taught physics, Mathematics, Shakespeare, and LSAT, and what I have learned is that anyone has the capacity to learn any subject; they just need to see it in a way that works for them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Help identify the approach that will most enable the person to learn the material the most effectively. And introduce myself, of course.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By breaking down the learning process so they can see where everything is coming from. Then when a new challenge arises, they have the tools to break it down themselves and conquer it.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Approach the problem in a new, more interesting way, and remind them that progress comes in stages. Sometimes you think you are on a plateau right before a massive increase.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Definitely try to approach the problem from a different angle. It is surprising how big a leap in understanding people can make after only a few tweaks.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
People say that reading comprehension can only be improved slowly, and this is simply not true. There are many techniques to rapidly increase retention and understanding rates.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Identify what type of learner they are and how they best absorb material. It can make a huge difference.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would find a fun or interesting way to approach the problem that makes them actually enjoy the process and want to engage it more.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would give them a seemingly new problem that they have not solved but have the tools to solve if they have mastered the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By slowly ramping up the difficulty, and first giving them problems analogous to what they have encountered before.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
The best and simplest way is to ask them directly and check in with follow up questions when needed.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By differing the approach I take with each student. Some students only need a targeted increase in understanding, but have otherwise mastered the material.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Usually official materials so that their practice mirrors test day as much as possible.