My name is Aprill and I would love to be your tutor. I have over 10 years of teaching experience and I absolutely love to break down Chemistry to the basics. Too many people are afraid of Chemistry and my goal is to make Chemistry a people-friendly experience. Contact me and you will learn what you need to know.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Hampton University - Bachelor in Arts, Chemistry
Graduate Degree: North Carolina A & T State University - Master of Science, Chemistry
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The glass is half-full. If someone doesn't understand the subject matter, you give them a people-friendly version of the problem to solve.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would begin with a short background story about each of us that includes what the student wants to accomplish. I would follow this with a discussion of what subject matter is most difficult for them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
One-on-one problem solving exercises followed by take-home assignments to bring back and discuss.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
One-on-One problem solving works. The more examples you have for the student, the better the student will understand the subject matter.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Provide plenty of example problems to work with the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I love to break down words into prefixes and suffixes.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The more examples you provide a student, the sooner the student understands the subject. Practice makes perfect.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Practice, practice, practice. The more problems the student can solve, the more comfortable they become.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Provide extra assignments for students to work on after our session. We can go over the assignments at the next session.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Relate the subject matter to real life. Hands-on assignments work wonders as well.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Ask the student what they know so far about the subject and review their notes from class.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Make sure the student remains calm during the session and provide plenty of exercises to ensure the confidence of the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Mini blackboard, workbook, worksheets, textbooks, laptop, and iPad for Internet examples.