I attended high school in South Africa. After graduating, I worked as an executive assistant at an oil processing plant during my gap year after high school. I took care of the day-to-day tasks within the office. These included managing files, responding to phone and email inquiries, scheduling appointments, and supporting managers and staff members when needed. I was also in charge of coordinating and recording the collection and rehabilitation of used oil. I then attended post-grad (13th year) at a high school in Connecticut and recently graduated.
I have always felt capable of helping others with school work and believe that I would be able to do so as a tutor. During my year in Connecticut, I took Honors and AP Chemistry, Honors and AP Physics I and Honors Calculus. I have taken the SAT thrice and the ACT twice. I am very close to this material and I have developed test-taking strategies that I believe help a great deal when taking the standardized tests and I would be happy to share them.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Many practice problems, and then practice exams in virtual/real test-taking scenarios.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find the problem areas. Possibly through a test to see where he/she stands.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Give incentives to learn and reach new academic heights.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keep at it, and look for different ways to teach the concept.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Welcoming all questions so that they aren't scared to ask even the simplest of questions.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Test the material regularly until perfected.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Break it down into its simplest concepts so that they can build upon them.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Through practice/evaluation tests.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will have to see what method is most effective through experience with the student, and then go with that method.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Online test prep sites, test prep books and practice tests.