In my 16 years of tutoring Mathematics, I have adapted to students' way of thinking, and as such, can come up with analogies to keep a topic as simple as possible.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Texas at Brownsville - Bachelors, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: University of Texas at Brownsville - Masters, Mathematics
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If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Encourage the student; relate to the student that not everybody will understand a new topic at first, and that with determination, the student can learn.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will be patient with them, keeping them as focused as possible to be on the lookout for key words and phrases.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that making analogies on certain topics helps students to understand the topic.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I keep students excited by keeping them encouraged, keeping a positive environment, and reminding them to never give up.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I have given students similar problems to the ones I go over with them, to ensure that the student understands the topic. I make sure that they work the problem on their own, and if they have a question, to ask me, and I can place them back on track.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Keeping a positive environment, praising them when they are correct, gently encouraging them to try again when a mistake is made, and to remind them that everybody makes mistakes, so they're not the only ones.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I make note of what the student understands and what they struggle with during the lesson. If a student is struggling with an Algebraic concept because they are struggling with adding integers, I can set some time to the side, or give them practice problems after discussing briefly how to add integers.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I may take more time to explain it in further detail, or I may just keep the explanation short and to the point. I may also utilize materials that a student can touch and count in order to answer the question.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use paper, pencil, and I try to make sure not to use a pen during a tutoring session, so that way when mistakes are made, the paper is not filled with lines drawn through mistakes.