The learning experience is not only found in a classroom. Outside of the 4 walls, people are constantly learning and experiencing the real life. My goal is to help students understand concepts that can and many times will be applied to life and their passions.
University of California-Riverside - Bachelors, Biology
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student learns different. Some are verbal, some like analogies, and others have their own special way of understanding materials. If the "standard" education way does not make sense to a child, we need to change it up to help. It doesn't matter how a student gets from point A to point B, as long as they get there.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Building a rapport, or a connection, is important. Students need to understand that you know what you are doing, but you also have been in their tough situations. A connection is key to letting them show their struggles with you.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
If you give a man a fish, he will be hungry the next day. If you teach a man to fish, he will be full for many days. Same with learning; if you give the answers to the students by showing them the work, they won't remember. If you let them work it out with guidance, they will be able to solve the problem on their own in the future.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Students like to learn differently. The most successful way for them is for them to feel accomplished after learning a lesson or topic. Starting with something small, and then chaining to make it fit into the entire puzzle piece, works the best.