My name is Jasmine and I am extremely passionate about tutoring students math. I am currently enrolled part-time in a graduate program pursing a Master's in Social Work. I am also looking for an opportunity to tutor students having difficulty in some areas related to basic math though Algebra. I understand that the problems are sometimes intimidating, but I like to teach my students that the problem consist of words and numbers; therefore if they understand basic numbers and words, they can solve the problem. I like to apply problems to real life situations. I first found my love for math in the 5th grade. My interest in math grew in the 6th grade and continued through high school. In high is when it was confirmed math was my favorite subject. I enjoyed the fact that math builds. I love the fact that knowing the basics, I can solve the problem without a calculator. I solve math problems like puzzles, I consider it brain exercise and I believe that if I want a strong and healthy mind I must exercise my brain. Next, I enjoy teaching students and watching them grow. I like learning from the student because sometimes the student knows more than they think they know they just need someone to point it out for them. I was taught and I believe that education and knowledge is one thing that cannot be taken away from an individual; therefore to teach my students confidence and encourage them to learn I share this knowledge with them.
University of Nevada-Las Vegas - Bachelors, Social Work
University of Southern California - Current Grad Student, Social Work
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session, I will introduce myself, as well as my style and approach for teaching. I will also answer any questions that the student or parent may have for me. Next, I will ask the student to briefly share his/her interests/hobbies and background (i.e. grade level, hobbies, interest, academic strengths and challenges). Finally, I will transition the session to allow the student to begin asking questions related to the math problems in question.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I am very passionate about students becoming independent learners. So, to help the student become an independent learner, I will begin by asking the student which subject matters they are most confident in. I will help the student identify key information to establish a foundation of working knowledge that the student can always use to build towards the final solution. I will encourage the student to takes notes in a way that makes sense to them, practice problems more than once, and also reiterate to the student the importance of knowing the key formulas to assist them in solving the problem.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To help a student stay motivated, I will engage the student in the learning process as often as possible. I will allow the student to share with me what they know as much as possible. I will apply the information I learned about the best way the student learns, and apply that method as often as possible. I will always commend the student for asking for help and doing the work.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student is having difficulty learning a skill or concept, I will start by reviewing what I know as the "basics" of that subject, and build the students understanding from there. I also believe that taking a 5-10 minute break could help the student.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Highlighting the basics and outlining key steps.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Always start with what the student knows, and constantly remind them that they are doing a good job.