Hello! My name is Nick and I am a graduate student at Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, OH. I just moved into the area recently and will be here for a minimum of two years. I'm working on obtaining my MBA with a concentration in Finance. In high school and during my undergraduate degree, I loved tutoring math and physics. I worked with students from all ages and backgrounds and enjoyed seeing the "Ah ha!" moment when students gain a full understanding of the material. I prefer working in person but I am also available to work online as well.
Denison - BS, Physics
10th Grade Math
6th Grade Math
7th Grade Math
8th Grade Math
9th Grade Math
Elementary School Math
High School Business
High School Chemistry
High School Physics
HSPT Math Prep
Middle School Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all education topics can be made easier by applying them to real-world situations. This way, students become more interested in the topics they are learning about.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would like to learn what the student's passions are. By doing this, I am better able to make the course work more enjoyable by incorporating their passions into sample problems.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
There is no "one way" to motivate all students. You first have to build a relationship with the student and encourage them to finish the work. Being funny and encouraging doesn't hurt either!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Practice, practice, practice. Eventually, topics become muscle memory or things we automatically know how to do. Once a student is able to work through one problem, you keep working on new problems until they feel comfortable with it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Growing up, I had trouble reading. I found that reading slowly worked best. Skim through sentences that you don't need to focus on and spend your time on the ones that do.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being funny. By bringing humor into the school work, the work becomes enjoyable instead of a task.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate the subject matter to something that they are interested in. Make story problems that are interesting to the student. Every student is unique and so should the practice problems.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Practice, practice, practice. When I see a student work through a problem without my help, that's when I know they have a firm understanding. Eventually, I might introduce a new variable into the problem to see if they understand the process as well.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Words of encouragement! Everyone can learn a new topic, it just takes practice and time.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I usually give a sample problem before I jump in and help. I want to see where they are getting stuck or where mistakes are being made. This way, I can use our time more efficiently to better aid the student.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Some students work better with instructions while others work better hands on. I adjust my tutoring style based on the student's needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I either make problems up on the spot or I use problems in their textbooks. I prefer to use problems in the text because that is usually what their teacher is going to base their lectures off of.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
While working with a student, occasionally I will just let them work while I watch. After they are done, then I work with them to go over areas they excelled at and areas that need improvement.