I am a senior studying to be a civil engineer at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. I'm from the Houston area and graduated from Strake Jesuit College Prep. As a student studying to be an engineer, I have and will continue to have much exposure to math and sciences. I am very adept at math from elementary/middle-school math and Algebra to Calculus and Differential Equations. Additionally, I have garnered a skill for writing and perfecting college essays after having written many essays and supplemental essay for the seven universities I applied to within the South and Midwest. I, myself, was tutored by a Varsity Tutor for the ACT and I improved my score from a 29 to a 33. I firmly believe in and implement strong preparation, determination, and, especially, seeking help when needed. Overall, I enjoying helping others and have a flexible schedule to make myself available for anyone needing assistance in a subject area I am well-qualified for.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Vanderbilt University - Bachelor in Arts, Mechanical Engineering
ACT Composite: 33
ACT English: 34
ACT Math: 32
ACT Reading: 34
ACT Science: 31
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy revolves around instilling self sufficiency and determination in my students. While I want to do everything I can to help them, becoming independent and taking initiative to strive for improvement and success is the ultimate goal.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would like to spend some time getting to know both the student and their family to get a general familiarization with the individual situation and hopefully to establish some kind of common interest/connection in order to kindle a friendly/comfortable environment for the student to operate in.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I emphasize independence by asking the student to do work outside of sessions, and I always ask any questions about even the seemingly simplest things. Forcing the student to engage me with questions/problem solving (once he/she is relatively comfortable) will condition the student to be self sufficient and independent.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation should always come from a desire to improve and become better. The best way I find to motivate students is to expound upon instances in my own experiences and share opinions on how to best approach the given situation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I must continue to motivate myself to improve my means of conveying a difficult skill/concept to a student. Persistent practice and repetition is my first plan of action.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First, breaking a story up into little pieces is key. Don't try to comprehend everything all at once. Start from the inside and work your way out.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First, I get as good of an idea as I can regarding what the student already knows through Q&A, practice problems, etc. Then, I prompt the student to elaborate upon what he/she doesn't know/struggles with the most.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
After getting to know the student, I would relate something he/she enjoys, excels in, and strives to be the best in to instill a similar motivation to improve in other areas too.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Once I feel a student has learned enough, I start having the student do problems on his/her own. I try to simulate a test-like environment so the students can become independent and confident.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
The best way I have found to boost confidence in a student is to simply acknowledge that everyone struggles with various things. Try to calm and ease the student through reassurance that they are not alone (possibly find a relate-able personal experience) and are more than capable of improving, and that progressing is very important.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Locating and evaluating a student's needs can only best be done with time. However, it can be expedited by conversing with the student and his/her guardians upon an initial meeting to get as much insight into the student's situation as possible.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The most important thing to do would involve determining what the student wants. At the very beginning, I strive to establish a comfortable and friendly environment in which a student can and should express his/her opinions about how they feel the tutoring is going. I always ask my students to voice any concerns or desires throughout sessions.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The materials I use for a session vary greatly for each subject. Generally, after an initial meeting during which the needs of a student are established, I will search online for learning resources, practice problems, key ideas, etc., to provide a plethora of ways to instruct the student.