Hello and welcome. I hope after reading this that you will get a better sense of who I am and what i can offer.
I am a senior at the university of North Texas who works nights as a custodian in order to pay for school, having that job enables me to get a great discount for tuition and also instills self-discipline that I demand from myself to propel me forward into my professional career.
I have always learned from teaching other students in my classes and I actually make it a goal to study with some of the low performing students in order to teach them and, also teach myself. I've worked under a professor who was very passionate about teaching and his passion has become my passion as well as he took me under his wing, showing me all the ways one can learn. I worked for a couple of years as a Spanish and Humanities tutor for the Dallas county community college district and have worked with a number of diverse students whom were anywhere from high school students to retired individuals who wanted to go back to school.
Tutoring has allowed me to connect with other individuals and I consider myself both humbled and privileged to have the opportunity to bridge the gap with what someone knows and what they aim to learn.
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited." -Plutarch
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is a combination of the naturalistic approach to teaching as well as direct method. I will not go over concepts that may be too advanced for a student. I do my best to teach any concept in the most relevant way that I can. Often that means I ask personal questions (usually as an ice-breaker) and then incorporate that into the lesson as much as possible to establish a connection to the material.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Ask about where the student is, and where they see themselves after our first session. Usually I will gauge if we are a good fit.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching them about learning. Often that is the underlying problem with a student; they simply haven't learned how to learn.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Try to diagnose the underlying issue. Sometimes the issue has nothing to do with the subject itself. Think of me as a study doctor; I need to know the symptoms before I can treat anything that may impede learning.