I have trained, coached, and developed hundreds of employees. Also I have attended numerous training workshops across the country on how to become an effective leader. I am an avid reader and I'm fascinated with learning new topics. I am looking to further my education with a post-graduate certificate in the fall and by tutoring it is allowing me to get back into the academic environment. In 2006 I had the honor of obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a Minor in Marketing from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Ultimately I would like to receive a Project Management/Supply Chain certificate. My passion is any and everything business-related but Math, Science, and US History are intriguing to me as well. I don't have a "favorite" subject to tutor because any help I can provide a student whether it's business or another subject will be meaningful to me. I would describe my teaching/tutoring style as dynamic. Every person has a different learning style so some may learn by watching and others may learn by doing so as a tutor my job is to find out what is most beneficial for the student. Outside of academics I love to read, explore new places, exercise, and attend college/professional football, baseball & basketball games.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Old Dominion University - Bachelor of Science, Business Management
Reading, Traveling, Sports, Excercise
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My goal is to find out the student's learning style and come up with creative ways to explain concepts and facilitate understanding.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get a feel for the student's strengths/weaknesses and develop a solution to attack their deficiencies.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Give examples as to what worked for me and create practice problems/scenarios for them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would have to find out their ultimate career goal and explain the benefits of completing their education.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try different techniques and do more thorough research into the skill or concept they are struggling with.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would get them to read at a slower pace and have them summarize what they just read after each page/chapter until they were ready to advance.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I try to relate my education/work experience to whatever concept/skill they are learning and provide examples they will benefit from.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would give real-world examples and success stories of Business majors or other people who are taking the same route they are.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
A technique I would use is to come up with practice questions and have them explain the concepts back to me.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I keep track as to where the student was when we started the tutoring, and where they have progressed, to show them the growth.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I am very upfront and direct to find out what the student is trying to achieve grade-wise, and to develop a plan of action from there.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
First, I get some background info into the student and go through the material to understand their learning style. From there, I would modify my teaching style to cater to them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Typically I use notes that I have from my time in school and any other reputable websites that pertain to the topics we are covering. Also I will bring my laptop and a notepad to create diagrams and visual aids to assist in the tutoring process.