I currently tutor students between second grade and college level. Previously, as a Paraprofessional high school Math Teacher in Westchester County, New York, my students achieved mathematical academic success with the NYS Regents Exams and the common core examinations each year.
Today, I enjoy coaching and helping people and I love mathematics. Incidentally, because of many students academic success, parents, school administrators, friends, and family have encouraged me to continue tutoring and helping those that can benefit from my methods and styles of teaching.
Lastly, I believe education is the only way our world will become a better place, by improving lives through the achievement of educational goals.
University of Phoenix-Online Campus - Bachelors, Business management
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy as a tutor is to provide individualized attention so that the student can maximize their learning. I encourage students to challenge their thinking and problem-solving skills to a higher level of critical thinking.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A typical first session is discovery/learning time. I will get to know the student and what they are struggling with academically. Go over any homework and review test materials and any other documents the student needs help with.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help any student become an independent learner by demonstrating how to research topics and providing the various resources available to him. I'd provide the student methods on note taking and organizational and structure skills for better study habits. These skills are the foundation to becoming an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If a student is having difficulty with a skill or concept, I try to find out where the gap of connection is happening. I go step by step in smaller increments until the student is more comfortable to move on to the next topic. I may even leave the topic and move on to something else and come back to that topic later to give the child relief and encouragement of something else.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension has rules regarding how to read a story, a poem, or any information. I find many students do not know the rules. Therefore, I would develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the rules to reading, similar to rules of the road. I would increase the student’s vocabulary. Deficiency in vocabulary warrants the challenges associated with comprehension. Incidentally, learning a few new words a week/day helps improve reading comprehension greatly.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I help students get excited/engaged by using resources, creating a colorful vivid atmosphere using poetry, music, video, or lively descriptions, and open-discussions where the student expresses their own ideas and interesting ways of presenting the lesson or topic.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The technique I most often use to be sure the student understands the material is role reversal. Where I become the student and the student is the tutor/teacher, helping me understand the topic. I believe, if you can explain a topic to someone clearly, then you are master at it, too.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I always build students confidence by providing constant positive feedback. Getting to know them makes them feel so important, and they feel great about themselves. Then, the learning can take place. It's very important to let them be the leader of their learning.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student’s needs in several ways: 1. The materials and communication provided by the educator(s), counselor(s), and parent(s) on what the weaknesses and challenges are. 2. I review prior homework/tests/papers/notebooks to identify where the weaknesses are happening. 3. I communicate with the student directly to explain what they are thinking so that I can coach them to modify their thinking on a particular topic(s).
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student is different; therefore, flexibility comes with tutoring. I usually make deals with the student on what the schedule will be during the session. I allow the student to lead their learning while I am the coach. So, I am very flexible; however, I do keep a structured method where limits and goals are carefully stated and intellectually guided.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Students usually come with their own materials, such as textbooks, preview testing material, etc.. I use my laptop to review lessons online or videos with simpler instruction(s) for better understanding. Markers, rulers, graph paper, protractor, compass, whiteboard, calculators, etc.. Any items I feel will help the student comprehend the subject matter.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Allowing the student to inform me of their challenges. Open-ended discussions and predetermined sequence of activities.