The reason I want to be a tutor is because I like to help students achieve success in a difficult subject such as math. I want to show them even though it is a subject of great difficulty, math can still be learned. To learn math is to learn the approach and steps to the problem. The most important thing is to understand why the approach is taken this way or another way. Math is an interesting subject as there are many routes to solve a problem. My goal is to show the quickest/efficient way for students to understand easily and sometimes I will create inventive ways to help students possibly memorize formulas or solve the problems. I hope with each session that each student can learn at least on tip/strategy/concept of the math topic being taught. With that said, the same can be done with chemistry. Chemistry is about a quarter memorization, but more importantly three-quarters understanding. Once any student understands the concepts of a chemistry topic, memorization becomes easy. With chemistry, I will often relate the concept to real life so this way understanding can be much easier. My goal is to definitely guide each student to the desired grade he or she wants.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Boston University - Bachelor in Arts, Chemistry
DAT Perceptual Ability: 20
DAT Quantitative Reasoning: 30
DAT Reading Comprehension: 21
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Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will review the materials, preferably an old exam, and figure out the strengths and weakness and work from there.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will always give a different approach, and, in the end, give practice problems to work on.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I always try to relate the problems to real-life situations. It makes it easier to remember concepts.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is always practice and practice. The more problems the student sees, the more comfortable he/she will become to conquer the subject.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I always want them to stay positive and always continue asking questions. Also, I will always give out practice problems to always have them be ready.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Take it slow and read things carefully. It is also important to read either a book, magazine or newspaper article every day for about 30 minutes.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would treat it as a game that needs to be conquered and won. I will always start out with easy problem to get them comfortable with the concept, and eventually make challenging problems to have them think.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
It is important to constantly practice problems, and I will also show them easy tricks to remember.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I will always use an old exam and look at the mistakes he/she made. It is a good indicator of how much help is needed.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Always ask what is the best way they can learn.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Either class materials or materials I will create and bring to the session.