I am an elementary school assistant teacher, but I have been tutoring since I was is elementary school myself. I love explaining things to other people, but most of all I love helping students by figuring out where they're stuck so that we can attack the problem head on, and solve it. I've picked up a lot of training throughout my years of teaching, mostly accidental. Once I successfully taught 3 years of Jr High math to a student who barely spoke English within one summer, I felt ready to take on any challenge! Overall though, I have found that the most important job as a tutor is to identify the missing foundations and fill them in.
When I'm not teaching or tutoring I enjoy sewing and building (all in all, I'm a very practical person) and hanging out with my family and friends.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Yeshiva University - Bachelor in Arts, Jewish Education
Graduate Degree: Azrieli School of Jewish Education - Master of Science, Jewish Education
SAT Composite: 2080
SAT Math: 750
SAT Verbal: 700
reading, sewing, building
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
You can't learn anything if there are missing foundations or if you are turned off from learning. My job as a teacher is to make sure that you have both the foundations and the will.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
See what they know and don't know while building a rapport, so that the student will work with me willingly.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
First show them an example, then have them direct me in an example, then let them do it as independently as they are able while I give small advice, and then let them work independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Give small breaks and lots of encouragement. Occasionally give easier questions so the student can feel accomplished.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Break it down into the smaller pieces and make sure that he's not missing any of those foundations.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First assess where they are. Then work with short passages, pointing important aspects out, until they are able to do some on their own.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Have them do an example by themselves or tell them to teach it to me.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Give them questions within their capability, and show them how they can do things they couldn't do before.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Give them an example of the skill to work on while I watch carefully.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I have no standard practices until I meet the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
For math, I often make up my own problems based on what I know about the child and their abilities. For other subjects, I just use the student's textbook or online resources.