"If you don't wake up loving what you do, then why continue doing it?" Teaching, to me, is an art that needs to be made personal and unique. Tutors are an essential part to students academic growth. As a child and even through high school, tutors were always an effective tool to have around. For this reason, I would be a great tutor because i'd make great use of the time and material we have to teach to students. From my time in tutor based programs such as AVID, and through my college experience, I can provide great motivation and personal examples to students. I will do this and much more by not only properly teaching them the required material, but ensuring they understand the content by relating it to them. I'm available to work afternoons, during the day, and weekends.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everyone has a unique and different method of teaching/ learning; therefore, teaching must be assessed with an open mind.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student's strengths and weaknesses, and how to utilize both to better their preparation and education.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can prepare students to be independent by showing them skills such as proper time management and setting/ achieving goals.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
This can be achieved by emphasizing the student's accomplishments and helping them find their comfort zone. It's also key to remind students about the learning process and the steps it takes to get there.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
It's important that said skill or concept is repeated daily until progress is shown. The key is to stay positive and motivated.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Students who struggle with reading comprehension should be helped by constantly going over important material from the book. This may include important characters, plots, and themes based off the reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The best strategy I have found is to let the student communicate their areas of struggle and hesitation. By understanding this, the tutoring process becomes much more personal and effective.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would ensure the student is engaged by making the subject personal or relatable to the student. If a student can feel a connection between the content being taught, then he or she may be more ecstatic about the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Some important techniques are repetition (key vocabulary, concepts, formulas) and application. The most effective way to see how well a student understands material is by seeing if they are able to apply it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
This can be accomplished by taking some of the material they are confident with within the subject matter and utilizing this to help them build a better and stronger confidence level.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I do this from a student to student basis. I usually like to break it down by knowing the strengths and weaknesses. And I also like to evaluate how comfortable they are with the subject.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By working around their schedule and also making the subject engaging. In some situations, I find it helps for me to bring out other tools to make the tutoring more personal. For instance, visual learners would benefit greatly by graphs and illustrations if possible.