I received my degree in the Arts from Columbia. I have been working as a tutor for over 5 years part time and I really love it! Teaching the youth is so important to me and I feel like tutoring has a more personalized approach.
I tutor English. My main focus is writing which is such an important skill in this day and age, I mean you use it for everything. My teaching philosophy is if you aren't trying to engage the student then they won't try to engage you! It is very import to have fun when you're teaching! Happy students learn faster and will retain what you just taught them! My favorite thing in the world to do besides teaching is going to Barnes and Nobles to relax. At Barnes and Nobles, I can truly be anywhere I like! I mean there are just so many books the mind can't help but travel.
Columbia College of Nursing - Bachelors, Theatre arts
What is your teaching philosophy?
If the student is happy, they learn with ease and retain the information.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Ask them what is the easiest learning process for them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student can learn and understand better when you use techniques that the students likes best.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By making sure they are having fun and are happy at all times. I want students to feel joy when they look forward to my tutoring sessions.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Take time and make sure we work on that only for the whole day.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Taking time. Giving them a group of words every day to memorize pronunciation. To also write down the words they struggle with the most, and show them to me during their next session!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Always personalizing my methods depending on the student I am working with.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Well, since my subject is English and I focus on writing, I'd have them put themselves in the subject. For example, if you are reading a book and can't see yourself or friends in the book, it will be harder to enjoy it. So, I make sure they take a personal approach with their subjects.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Always being patient. Then making sure I am using an approach that will help the student understand better. The key is being personal and happy at all times.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Encouraging statements and compliments.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Go over what they like the most and what they like the least. Then during the next session, focus on the things they don't like.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Always personalizing it.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I always bring books, papers, pen and sometimes my computer for saved documents, as an example.