I grew up in Germany. I attended German school through High school , but graduated from an American high school. I speak german fluently and have been translating for over 30 years. I love to help people learn new things and encourage them to do their best.
What is your teaching philosophy?
To help students understand what they are learning and to encourage them to do their best.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Of course, introduce myself. Get to know the student. Find out where they are and what level they are at. Find out what they are needing help with.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Encourage them to read through the problems more than once. Teach them to look up things for themselves, and encourage them to find their answers.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Encouragement, and helping them see the progress they have made and are making.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would it repeat with them, and possibly find a different way to explain the skill or concept, so that they can understand.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Ask them questions about what they are reading. Make sure they understand the words and their meanings.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Finding out where they are. Find out what they understand and what they need to learn or understand to help them learn the concepts needed for this particular course.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to make it fun and interesting for them. If possible, find a fun way of learning that works for each particular student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Repetition, but also having the student explain the material back to me, so I see that they understand.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Encouragement and being friendly.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By talking to them, and seeing where they are at and where they need to be.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Once I know where the student is, and where they need to go, I try to see how the student learns best. Not everyone learns the same way. One must find out how this particular student learns in order to help them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
That depends on the subject being tutored. As in my case, my main subject is a foreign language, so we would be speaking the language quite a bit so that the student can hear the language. Also, a dictionary and grammar book for the particular language..