I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Temple University. I am also a registered nurse working on a surgical oncology floor. I have had several years of tutoring experience and almost ten years of babysitting/childcare experience. I am also EMT certified so that I can continue helping those in need. Recently I have been a tutor for adults trying to get their GED. I work mainly in the math and science subjects. I work extremely hard and am dedicated to helping others. I have always been eager and willing to help others learn and grow. My teaching strategy is very hands-on and my goal is to not simply give a learner the answer, but to make sure they understand how one gets to the answer.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Temple University - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
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CLEP College Algebra
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe a hands-on approach is necessary. The tutor and the student MUST work together in order to make sure that the student not only understands the material but can also take that knowledge and use it on tests, in class, and in everyday life.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In our first session together, I would introduce myself and give a brief background. I would then ask the same of the student so we can become comfortable working with one another. Usually, I have the student describe what their goal is and what material they need help on. I then have them do a small assessment to determine what level they are at and what specific areas we need to work on. This assessment may just be a worksheet that I have the student explain out loud to me as they go. My goal in a first tutoring session is to become familiar with the student, determine specific material we need to work on, and set goals together.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Being an independent learner is extremely important in order for one to succeed in school. One of the biggest issues I see with students is that they lack confidence. The lack of confidence greatly affects how the student learns and works through material. I try to help the students by encouraging them as we move through our sessions and not criticizing when they get something wrong, but instead, helping them find the solution. Once a student has some confidence in their ability to solve math problems, their learning styles change and they begin the journey to become a great independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I often see a student's attitude change as the session goes on. At the beginning of the session, they are enthusiastic and willing to work through the material. Towards the end of the session, the student can become tired and less confident in their abilities. I usually encourage short breaks when I see that a student seems no longer motivated to do the work. I also try to relate with them and talk about other subjects to get their mind off math for a few minutes. Oftentimes, those few minutes are enough to relax the student and give them a short break before beginning the work again.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student is having difficulty with a certain concept, I make a note, and during the next tutoring session, I provide extra practice material on the concept. I explain the concept in simple terms and try to relate it to the real world. I then have the student briefly explain the concept back to me and make sure they understand what I am explaining. We then work through practice problems until the student and I feel confident that they understand the material.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
It is very important to have a good working atmosphere. The student must feel comfortable enough to stop me and ask questions if they are confused. I must be able to respond to this in a positive way and really take the time to make sure they understand the material. Making sure the student understands the base material is important because if they don't, they will struggle with all future concepts as well. I work to make sure they understand the base material before moving on to the more challenging material. It is also important to recognize when a student is tired or no longer absorbing the material. If this happens, I find that a short break is necessary.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I try to relate the material to the real world or add my own personal story. Most of the material we are going over includes concepts I struggled with when I was first learning as well. It is important to make the student feel like they are not the only ones who may be struggling. I try to be as encouraging as I can, and if I see a specific tactic is working for a student, I continue with that throughout future lessons. Each student is different, so being able to adapt the teaching method is important.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I begin by going over the concepts and usually provide an example problem or two. I then have the student walk through a few example problems as well. It is important to make sure the student understands the concepts, so I answer any questions they may have. We then work through several worksheets together, and eventually, I have the student answer the questions on their own. They can also feel free to ask questions as they go. If there is a specific problem or concept they are struggling with, I make sure to address the problem before we continue.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I make sure that the student understands the basic concepts. It is key that the student understand the material if they have any chance of succeeding. I work with them to help them better understand it, and then we take that knowledge and apply it to various problems.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
To assess a student, I begin with either a small assessment quiz or a worksheet. We work through the material together, but I allow the student to explain each step as we go. If they seem to understand the material well, I move on and begin with more difficult material. If the student is struggling, I take this as a place to start and begin my teaching from there.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each student is different, and a tutor learns that very quickly. It is essential that I remain flexible and willing to adjust my teaching styles to each student's needs. My approach on how to present the material can change depending on whether the student is a visual learner or does better working problems out loud together. My method of tutoring is always adapting and changing, which helps both the student and I to grow.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
When I am first assigned to a student, I always make sure to get the material they are currently working on. Most students are taking a class or preparing for a test and, therefore, have tests, worksheets, and lessons. I ask for those so that I know how the teacher is teaching the material, and I work with this to make a plan for my student. If I see that they are struggling with a specific subject, I bring other worksheets or review packets to our sessions.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
One of the biggest issues for students is that they are not taking the time to read a math question correctly. I suggest that we read the problem together and break it apart. Usually the answer is simple to reach, but the wording of the question may be difficult. It is necessary to take the time to read each question carefully and dissect it. Then, figure out which math concept you need to use to answer the question.