As a Physical Geographer, my interests are in hydrology, geomorphology, ecology, and their interactions with humans. All of which use differential equations to model the environment. I studied engineering as well so I have extensive knowledge of math and its application.
I tutor by first getting to know the student so that I can relate problems to their lives. The one on one relationship is effective because tutoring can be catered to the student in order to develop their independent thinking.
CU Boulder - Bachelors, Geography
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in the Socratic method where I ask questions to encourage critical thinking.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Look over the class schedule and develop a plan.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I might point out an illogical conclusion or a question without a yes or no answer. I want them to voice their opinion.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Sometimes changing the setting and working outside can help. Or, it might be possible to combine concepts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I could have them make a story map or give me a summary.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that most students are upset and tense when they are stuck and confused. So, stepping back and taking a deep breath can help to get focused.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would make clear, attainable goals, and we could work out an award system. Also, tracking progress allows the student to see that they are getting better.