I'm a graduate having acquired a Masters and Bachelors Degree in engineering from the University of Central Oklahoma.
I am very well versed in math and science courses, mostly physics and engineering from my experience as an engineering student. I have experience with college prep and GRE testing as well, with an emphasis on math/quantitative reasoning.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Oklahoma - Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Degree: University of Central Oklahoma - Master of Science, Electrical Engineering
GRE Quantitative: 169
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What is your teaching philosophy?
Practice and patience are a solution for some, but correct learning methods are the key for others!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student and find out what they need help with. Afterwards, design a program to help them with the issues they are having.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching them how to learn. In a sense, let them enjoy the learning process, making them more likely to do so by themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Show them the progress they have made, also allow progress to happen versus trying to hammer in difficult concepts.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Give analogies, try different methods, and breaking down the process with diagrams/pictures.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Try to get an overview of what the student is capable of, and what they need to learn.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Show them some fun or intriguing aspects of using that subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask them to go through the problem themselves.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Letting them make progress with some problems, and showing them that they can do it with the proper technique/knowledge.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By listening to what they say, or getting non-verbal queues. For example, disinterested might mean they are starting to get lost/confused.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Depending on the best method for the student, I could go with more explanations of me solving problems, or letting the students get their hands dirty.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Most of the time pen and paper, or a whiteboard with markers, I try to keep things simple from that regard. Unless other materials are necessary or the tutoring is online.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Practice doing reading comprehension tests with them, and explaining the process they need to go through to improve.