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Earl

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I have been tutoring for 5+ years. I received my associates degree in communications and am currently pursuing a degree in teaching. I have always done well in school, and now I would like to help others maximize their potential. I enjoy working with children, and I am definitely a people person. I am excited about tutoring young students and helping them learn to believe in themselves and their talents and abilities. Some of the subjects I have tutored in the past are Math all levels up to Algebra 2, English for elementary all the way through college aged, History for middle school and high school as well as other subjects. Math is one of my favorite subjects to tutor, because it is challenging yet vital to everyday life. I also coach youth sports, so I am very patient and understand how to reach students and give them all the tools they need to succeed. I like spending time with my family. I have three kids so we enjoying going to the park and being active.

Earl’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Meridian Community College - Associate in Arts, Communications

Hobbies

Sports, Music, Movies, Learning, Cooking, Having Fun

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Arithmetic

CAHSEE ELA

CAHSEE Mathematics

College English

College World History

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

GATE/ TAG Prep

Gifted

Government

High School English

High School World History

Journalism

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Other

Phonics

Pre-Algebra

Reading

Test Prep

US History

Vocabulary

World History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Working with each student individually to help find their strengths and weaknesses. Then, we will help focus on strengthening weaknesses and keeping strengths sharp.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Introduce myself to the student, learn a bit about the student, then try to get a feel for their strengths and weaknesses.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Helping the students gain confidence in themselves or helping the students find something enjoyable in learning, and then go after it.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Praise them for giving a good effort and making progress. Encourage them when they struggle and give them all the tools they need to succeed.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Keep going over that skill or concept. If they continue to struggle, I would try to find a new or different way to teach them that skill or concept.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

We would practice reading out loud or sounding out/spelling words that they struggle with.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Each student is different, but all students want to be commended for their hard work and all students want to be able to solve problems and get correct answers. So, I use that desire to push them and myself in order to help the student succeed.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Find games that we can play or see if I can find something they like to incorporate into the lesson in order to keep them interested.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Taking good notes for older students, and repetition and repeating for all students.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I would tell them they are doing a great job. If they answer questions correctly, then I would praise them. If they answer incorrectly, I would motivate and encourage them to continue trying until they are correct.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Either from talking with the student or parent, from practice problems and assessment, or from teacher recommendations.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I treat each student with kindness and respect but on an individual level. Different students have different learning styles and are on different levels, so I try to mold my tutoring style to each student's needs.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Paper, pencil, worksheets, lessons from a textbook on occasion, and a computer on occasion.