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James

As an educator within the arts and sciences, I aim at establishing a well-rounded tutoring curriculum with a specialization within the Science, Technology, Engineering, Artistic design, and Mathematics. As an affiliate with the Teachers in Space Program and the Honeywell Space Educator program, I had the honor of working alongside NASA astronauts, scientists, and other inspiring educators to create excitement and relevancy in the math and science disciplines.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Ohio State University - Bachelors, Atmospheric Science

Graduate Degree:

 University of Phoenix - Masters, Secondary Education

Cinematic Scoring, Performance, Visual F/X, Biking, Scuba Diving, and Yoga

High School Chemistry

High School Physics

Middle School Science

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is centered around the fact that students need to see the relevancy of the information they are learning. I do everything within my power to bring demonstrations, visualizations, articles, computer simulations, and models with my instructional program to help bring this relevancy to life. I am constantly using vocabulary integration during the sessions to add context to the subject, and I find that verbal encouragement is an important aspect of gaining confidence.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would ask each student where they are at in his or her school syllabus. Furthermore, I would create a list of the curriculum sections that give each student the most amount of trouble, the parts of science and math they like the most, and we would start from there. These sections would be rated on a scale, so we could determine how much time and focused attention would be given to each section.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would give additional links to students that would help describe the relevancy of various subjects, and I would also incorporate scientific demonstrations, experiments, and physical applications to the students during our sessions. This would continue to increase the relevancy of scientific applications. Furthermore, I would also explore various computer apps which would help the students access scientific and mathematical concepts in school.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would create a task-based achievement program that would ensure the student experiences measured success. Furthermore, I would also incorporate reflective activities that would tie together the relevancy and applicability of the concepts that were just learned.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

We would break down the difficult subject into smaller sections, seek visualizations for further understanding, use props for tactile understanding, and seek differentiated support from various online sources and/or textbooks.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

We would work on syntax and vocabulary development by reviewing scientific and mathematical concepts at the beginning of the session. Furthermore, we would seek out reading comprehension apps that aid in conceptual understanding, the use of flashcards, and the reading of online, current events to increase the relevancy of difficult scientific and mathematical material.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

As a tutor, I feel that continued, verbal encouragement and listening to the frustrations of a student are the most important aspects of developing a positive rapport during the tutoring sessions. Keeping the sessions varied with different modalities, whether they are visual, auditory, conceptual, tactile, or digital, are also critical in keeping the focus maintained in the student.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

We would break down the overall subject into smaller, digestible sections, where the student and tutor could experience definitive, measured successes. It's very important that we build on each success, and the difficulty of each problem may have an incremental change that matches the comfortability of the student. Finally, we would reflect on the achievements that were made by the student at the end of every tutoring session.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would use a combination of tactile demonstrations, breakdown descriptions, internet resources of applications, simulation apps, vocabulary development, and other visualizations to further increase the understanding.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

We continue to build measured success by developing questions that are matched to a student's area of need. The questions are then placed out on a sliding scale of difficulty to increase measurement of success. These successes are then communicated to the student in a very dynamic and energetic summary at the end of the session.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

The evaluations are placed in a spreadsheet questionnaire that will be given to the student at the beginning of the tutoring session. The results and a rubric of the student's areas of needs will be generated and communicated to the student quite frequently.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

A spreadsheet of a student's profile will be generated, and I will continually assess the student's achievements and continued areas of difficulty to further adapt my teaching program. This profile will be accessed before each tutoring session begins, so time used during the session will be dedicated towards the areas of greatest need.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I typically use scientific demonstrations, the internet as a resource, science and math simulations, tactile props, iPad math and science apps, and scientific test prep manuscripts.