# Daniel

Certified Tutor

Daniel’s Qualifications

## Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics

## Hobbies

The Bible, guitar, ukulele, harmonica, basketball, video games

## Tutoring Subjects

Conversational German

German 1

German 2

German 3

German 4

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

In the words of Albert Einstein, "The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple." When I teach, I desire to simplify complex material and make it fun and interesting. I like to explain how things work and fit together and why they are important, beyond just what the answers are.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I like to get to know my student a bit first, to find out where they come from, what their career aspirations are, and, most importantly, what their goals are for the class in which they need help. I strive to make my sessions more casual and relaxed, and I want my students to feel comfortable asking any and all questions they have.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I don't have all the answers. What I do have is the ability, knowledge, and skills to find all the answers. One thing I try to convey in my tutoring sessions is a love of learning. If you are excited about learning, you will be driven to find whatever answers you need all on your own.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

If one of my students has difficulty with a skill or concept, I would change the way in which I was teaching it. I could explain the subject visually, through demonstration, through example, or metaphorically. If my student still has difficulty, it only means that I haven't found the right way to teach them yet.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I prefer a gradual release method. When we come to a topic or subject that the student finds more difficult, I like to answer all their questions and demonstrate the right steps to solving the problem. Then, we would solve a similar problem, but I would be involved only to guide the student if they get stuck. After a short time, the student is solving all the problems on their own.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

First, repetition. The more problems you successfully answer on a subject, the more confident you feel. Second, I like to reassure my students that, eventually, it will seem easier. I relate to them the fact that, when they learned multiplication in elementary school, it probably seemed difficult, but after a while, it becomes easier and eventually even second-nature. With enough successful practice, any subject can become easier.