I am currently finishing a Bachelor's in Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Sacramento. Aside from tutoring, my other jobs include working as a youth boys basketball coach throughout the year, and working at youth sports camps during the summer months, which are of various sports. In addition to these jobs, I also volunteer as a boys basketball coach for a high school competitive AAU team during the summer. Before I became I tutor I worked as an Instructional aide for students with special needs in a classroom setting. The experience and knowledge I have accumulated throughout my life, both inside the classroom and out, has catered to what has become my strongest attribute as a tutor, being able to build a rapport with my students within a short period of time, that allows me to successfully guide them in comprehending complex material, while also providing a fun learning environment.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University, Sacramento - Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate Degree: American River College - Associate in Arts, Mechanical Engineering
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that each student has a unique learning style, and as an educator it is imperative to be able to identify and adjust to each student, in order to maximize their learning potential.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A typical first session will consist of an assessment to gauge the student's strengths and weaknesses, as well as open communication as to learning methods and study habits that both the student and I feel will be most beneficial.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In order for a student to become an independent learner, they must develop proper study habits, and have a strong confidence in their own ability to persevere through new challenges without assistance.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Hearing positive reinforcement and encouragement from an educator will provide a student with confidence and an eagerness to continue to grow and learn.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break down that specific skill or concept to the very fundamental basics of that topic. Going back to the basics and allowing the student to fall back into their comfort zone will then allow them to tackle more complex material. Present the student with a similar problems, but ones that are more manageable, and slowly work them up to the original concept.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Spending time to allow myself to gain an understanding of where the student is and what they need to work on. By developing proper study habits and learning styles, a student is much more prepared to progress through tougher material.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By finding a way to make learning that subject enjoyable. No student enjoys working on a subject they continuously struggle in. Incorporate learning games or interactive learning to get the student engaged with the tutor.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I allow the student to become the educator and ask me a problem. They must come up with a problem and the correct answer on their own as well as answer questions that I may ask that would show their complete understanding of the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Practice, practice, practice. By successfully completing several example problems a student will have the confidence to perform well in the classroom.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Assessment tests that will test students on all material that they are expected to understand in correspondence with the state's core standards.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each student is unique, and having over 3 years or tutoring experience I have learned that it is most beneficial to the student to learn how that student learns and what their strengths and weaknesses are. By identifying these things early on, I am able to construct a specialized tutoring plan that is designed uniquely for each student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbooks, note cards, whiteboards and markers, tablets, and math games.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Break down each section of the reading into smaller sections. After the student completes the assigned reading, immediately have them summarize what they read, answer questions about the text and also have them ask you a question without looking back at the book.