I'm very passionate about everything I do, which helps me bring to the table a lot energy and willingness to try several angles to convey the message to my students. I'm very patient and compassionate, as I have tutored all ages including teens, young adults, and adults. I have been tutoring on and off since 1995, working in Ghana, Togo, and the United States. Coming from a very diverse professional background with experience in manufacturing, banking, and trading, I have, over the years, been able to relate and connect subjects like math, accounting, and French to actual real life events for my students. Also, as a working father, student, and soccer coach, I understand the struggle of working around conflicts in schedule, and I try to be very flexible.
Undergraduate Degree: Wilmington College - Bachelors, Accounting
Soccer, Scrabble, Tennis, Basketball
Elementary School Math
High School Accounting
High School Business
What is your teaching philosophy?
Relate the course to the student's daily life.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Listen to the student express his/her shortcomings in order to have a better understanding and provide adequate assistance.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Find what makes the student tick and what can trigger them to be self-motivated.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keep on pushing the student's trigger point.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Be patient and encourage the student not to doubt himself/herself.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Associate various techniques to make the student understand what he/she is reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Listening to the student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I'll always look for cues to come up with something fun the student likes, and relate the math problem to him/her.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Make the student explain the problem to me in the way he/she understands it. Then, I provide them with corrections in a positive way.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Make the student feel comfortable with expressing his/her difficulties, avoid being judgmental, and show empathy and compassion, as well as eagerness, to help the student.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Through listening and probing questions.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
It's based on the individual; everyone is different, and therefore learns differently.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The subject book, the Internet, and other visual aids if or when applicable.