I am a recent college graduate with previous experience tutoring NCAA athletes in a variety of subjects. I understand students have different motivators and how to identify what inspires someone to work harder. Additionally, I recognize that each person has their preferences and work with students to customize plans and teaching styles.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota- Twin Cities - Bachelor of Science, Health and Wellness
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Hiking, Dog training, Reading, Writing(fiction)
Anatomy & Physiology
AP US History
College Level American History
High School English
High School Level American History
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student has the ability to learn, it is just a matter of finding a way to make the info "stick" in their minds. I like to find ways to relate difficult concepts to a student's interests and hobbies.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introductions, asking if the student has had a tutor in the past, figuring out the student's learning style via questions like: "what does your favorite teacher do that you like?" and building on that.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A lot of tutoring can be independent. I like to teach my students to read difficult concepts slowly and then use me to check their understanding.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Everyone has a different motivator, be it sports, public recognition, or an inherent drive. Once I figure out what the student wants from tutoring, I can find ways to remind them of what they are working towards.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, ask the student what they think the concept means. From there, I can either guide them to a more correct answer or work on the basics to achieve competency.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I understand that sometimes reading seems like just seeing letters on a page. Personally, I like to take breaks after each paragraph and digest the information. I teach my students to do this as well.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Identifying the motivation level of the student, their preferred learning style, and their goals. From there, I can cater to their needs. For example, a student who wants to simply pass a class doesn't need to know the tiny details, but the student wanting an A absolutely needs to.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I find relating the subject in some way to their lives helps them gain interest. Sometimes it's just a lesson in perseverance though.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to ask concept-based questions periodically, including older material, to see if the student can make connections and build on the basics.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
After ensuring the student understands the material, I like to ask easier questions and slowly build up to challenging ones. If the student begins to struggle, I will pepper in more easy questions. This way, they are able to look back and see they can get questions right.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I like to ask the student first what they want, and then I ask what they realistically need to achieve.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I work with students to learn what they do and do not like, and incorporate their answers in my teaching style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbooks, pictures, and videos.