I am a medical doctor from Jamaica residing in the USA now for a little over a year. I will be tutoring in the subjects of Anatomy and Physiology, imparting my knowledge of these basic medical sciences to my students. Seeing that I have studied the sciences for years, I am aware of how very challenging the material can be, and more than likely have encountered similar struggles as you. The great thing is that I was able to overcome them, enabling myself to get to the point of becoming a practicing physician. I have no doubt that you can also improve your performance and get good grades yourself with my help. I will be patient and thorough to ensure that you meet your academic goals. I'm excited to meet you and help you accomplish great things!
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
You can do anything you set your mind to. Some challenges may seem insurmountable, but you just need things simplified so that you can see that it's actually quite manageable.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'll be introducing myself and my personality to my new students in our first session, and allowing them to do the same. I'll also get a better feel for their struggles, discuss the best ways to work through them, set goals for the school term, and outline how we'll achieve each one.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The student has to be motivated. There has to be something driving him/her to want to do work on their own. This 'something' can be different for each person; we just have to find out what it is, then keep it at the forefront of our minds to remind us of why we're working. Also, if something is interesting, you'll want to pursue it and know more!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
See previous response, lol.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
It's all about breaking it down to the very basics. It might require the help of diagrams or a video, but no concept is too great for your mind to grasp. I am here to show you that.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
At the core of struggling with reading comprehension is usually a less expansive vocabulary. Learning the new words and their meanings should lead to some improvement. The key though is to identify WHY a student is struggling, then to zoom in on their particular problem, be it with reading the words themselves or understanding their meanings - one formula cannot fit all.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Altering my teaching style to fit the needs of an individual student usually works. Generally, patience and consideration help all students, but it's best to find out what one student will respond to early in the tutoring course to ensure that I employ the most effective methods of bringing concepts across to them.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
The idea of properly grasping a subject versus struggling to keep up with the class everyday, I think, is quite enticing. I want to reveal to students that it can be done with some application of self and effort. I think that when they discover that, the allure of achievement will keep them interested in going further and doing well on a consistent basis. They'll be proud of themselves. That feeling of accomplishment will drive them to stay on top of their course material.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
If a student can explain a concept to me in their own words or teach it back to me, I can be sure that they understand the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
The foundation is everything. Once they have grasped the basics, they will not fear adding layers and levels to that firm foundation. Understanding the core concepts of a course sets the pace for how confidently a student will take on additional material.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Ask them! The student knows exactly what their challenges/struggles are. They probably won't be able to express their needs in as many words, but based on what they tell me they do not understand or cannot grasp, I will alter my lesson plans to accommodate those challenges.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I'll find out what they need first of all, then I'll assess what methods of teaching they respond to best. This combination usually works!
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Paper, pencils, pens, pencil crayons/colored markers, a laptop (usually for videos if necessary), and the relevant texts.