Tutoring, in my opinion, is a collaborative process between student and tutor that aims to not only relay information but also helps in building free-flowing and independent learning skills in the student. In my eight years or so of tutoring, I have seen that even a tutor can grow with the student in the process. This is because relaying information is, of course, a two way street and in that process the student learns the information that he/she wants to and the tutor finds out how best to incorporate information into the tutoring sessions.
As a tutor I try to be aware, first and foremost, that different students have different learning styles and needs. What is more important is to try to make tutoring sessions as lively as possible in order to keep the student interested in the subject matter.
I do not just treat tutoring as a form of employment, but it is something I love to do. It is my way of giving back to the community what I have received from it. With that said, I vow to share my knowledge and influence my students as positively as I can.
Undergraduate Degree: Stony Brook University - Building Engineer, Mechanical Engineering
Playing soccer, writing, and photography (I've done some weddings).
What is your teaching philosophy?
I adhere to a teaching style that not only attempts to help students learn the material at hand, but also aids in the learning process. This process helps students find what learning methods suit them the most in order for them to gain from the tutoring sessions, even when they are not taking place. I also provide explanations and examples in such a way that the student is encouraged to engage more.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Every first session, I do a little introduction to see what kind of learner the student is, where their abilities lie and what sort of problems they are facing with the subject. This allows me to decide what teaching style would help the student the most.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
There are generally two things I do in order for helping a student become an independent learner. One of them is that I give options to the student during the first few sessions for what the agenda might be. This helps them settle in, and a few sessions in, they can know how to set the agenda without me giving options. The second method I use is by asking questions whose answers will lead to a critical understanding of the topic at hand. If the question doesn't work, I ask other questions, simpler than the one before, until an answer can be found. This, as I have found, is better than just providing the answers to the students, since it gives the student an understanding of how to approach the subject.