I have been a teacher for over 8 years now. I have 5 years experience teaching Undergraduate organic chemistry at a university. I love all aspects of chemistry and love how it relates to our daily life. I specialize in organic chemistry but also have interest teaching chemistry in general. I like the idea of how we can apply chemistry to medicine and environment and other important fields.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During my first sessions with a student, I would like to get a good feel for the standing of them in the subject matter so I can prepare accordingly to teach them. This will also help me to choose the techniques I might have to use to make them understand the topic.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would like to teach my students not only great skills, but also inspire their creativity and improve their critical thinking ability in order to develop their learning capabilities. I always teach in an engaging manner, which helps students to think on their own. This will make the students truly intrigued, helps to learn actively, and fosters interest in the subject rather than just following the procedure monotonously.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Chemistry is an important part of life, and I try to incorporate this philosophy into my teaching. Trying to relate chemistry with day to day activities helps me to draw their attention by making the topic more interesting.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Organic chemistry is mostly about understanding the concepts and trying to understand the concept can be tough. Once I know how easily the student is capable of getting the concepts, I try to work my way through it and help him to understand the concepts. I will try until the student gets it by giving a variety of examples and helping them to solve the questions.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will first try to be aware of what they don't understand, and then help them to focus on what's important and how I can make it easier for them to understand, by providing them tools to they can use to examine and relate. I will help them to realize how important it is to think while they are reading. And lastly, I will try to ask them questions, which I think gives them a purpose to read and draws their attention.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
While teaching a student, I think the best technique is to tell them to ask questions while they go through any text material. This ensures that the student has the curiosity to understand the subject matter. I would also focus on continuously giving them feedback of their status in the subject and help them to proceed further.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I will try to guide the student if they are struggling with the subject matter. I will try to make things fun, and I will modify my teaching techniques according to the student's needs and give them feedback and offer chances to improve.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Asking questions is the best way to know if they understand the material. Giving them lots of examples and trying to solve it with them will help me know if student understand the material or not.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Helping them understand the concepts in a given area is the best way to build their confidence. Giving them the information they need to know and helping them solve various aspects of a particular problem.