I am a graduate student at Columbia University who has a lot of experience in one-on-one tutoring as well as in-classroom teaching, specifically in the areas of math and physics. I am confident that each and every student has the ability to learn, and it is my job as a tutor to identify the most effective teaching techniques for each student. Please, read briefly through my profile and hopefully you will find that I am a great fit for you or your child.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelor of Science, Physics
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I am confident that each and every student has the ability to learn, and it is your job as a tutor to identify the most effective teaching techniques for each student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Because I tutor problem solving subjects (math and science), the first session is primarily spent honing in on what techniques the student struggles with most, From there, we create a plan for how I can most effectively teach him or her those particular methods. Helping a student complete a homework assignment does not mean they will be able to complete a similar assignment without your help, so it is the material that needs to be explained and taught, not just the solutions.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The key to teaching complicated problems is breaking them down into smaller, more easily taught problems. Then, once the student has understood the methods that come into play when solving each individual part, they will be able to form a comprehensive understanding of the original problem, as well as how to go about solving it.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Each student is different and should be treated as such. That being said, almost all students who struggle with math and science do so because they work better with memorization than comprehension. If that is found to be the case, repetition is a key for enforcing any particular problem solving method. Most students complain that their teacher doesn't give enough examples in class, so usually it is my job as a tutor to think up more examples for the students to sharpen their skills with.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Examples. It really is that simple for math and sciences usually. If a student can complete a practice test with no help from me or the book/computer, they will be confident on the day of their exam.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Creating practice tests that are similar in difficulty as their in-class exams is a key to making sure they are prepared. Typically, after completing the at-home test with few mistakes, the student will feel very confident in the exam ahead.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
For math tutoring, a pencil, their book, and a blank piece of paper are typically all that is needed. For science courses, depending on the material, sometimes there are props or demo's that I can use to help the student learn and become further interested in the topic.