I'm a highly experienced senior business executive, with over 20 years experience in all aspects of business management, from accounting, finance and economics to business management and ethics.
Montana State University - Bachelors, Statistics/Econ
Univ of Phoenix - Masters, Business Admin
CLEP College Mathematics
CLEP Financial Accounting
High School Accounting
High School Business
High School Economics
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
My approach to teaching is to provide real-life situations which demonstrate the concept, and then to work through numerous and varying examples and problems until the concept has been thoroughly mastered.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Each student learns differently. My primary goal in the first meeting is to understand how they learn, what their current understanding is of the course content, and what they wish to gain by personal tutoring. This may involve determining where the student believes their shortfall in understanding of the subject matter is. On some occasions, the student may not know where their shortfall is, so I will need to determine that with the help of the student. It may also be helpful to talk the student's parents (if a high-school student) to determine the shortfall.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learning comes from a couple of things - self-discipline and self-confidence. A student that is confident in their ability to learn, having learned the self-discipline to study on their own, will be more successful.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Everyone learns at their own pace, and learns differently. The key is to understand the individual student. The first step in helping a student learn a difficult concept is for me as the tutor to gain an understanding of what they understand of the subject, and then to identify where the shortfall is. We can then take a couple of different pathways, whether using textbook problems to gain repetitive understanding, or real-life examples to reinforce learning.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Simply re-reading the text likely won't help. The lack of comprehension can be overcome through examples, bridging the gap and identifying ways to overcome.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Students often get excited and engaged in subjects in which they do well. Rarely will you see someone get excited about something they're struggling with. Often, understanding large concepts starts with understanding simple ones first. And in understanding more simple concepts, we create a foundation for further understanding, and that's where engagement comes from.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
If a student can explain a concept back to me in a manner which demonstrates understanding, that's a start. And some of that will be demonstrated through mastery of problems and examples. Repetition of success in that vein will lead to success and overall understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Success builds confidence, and success comes from understanding. My job is to build that understanding via mastery of problems and examples.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
My first approach is going to be to what the student believes their needs are. Often, a student will know where they are struggling. What they may not know are the specifics of why they are struggling at a particular point in their learning. And determining that takes a keen understanding of the subject matter involved.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Different students learn in different ways. The key to success, whether in individual tutoring or in the classroom setting, is for the instructor to adapt. That may mean more theory and reading that works for one student may not necessarily work for another. That second student may learn better through verbal explanation, examples, problem solving, etc.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Practice problems, guided learning, short examples building to larger examples and repetition.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Written problems, ad-hoc examples, and printed material.