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Emily

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The thing that makes me a great tutor is the fact that I don't give direct answers. I work with the student and what they know, and we build on that knowledge to answer his or her question. This way of tutoring helps him or her to become more self-sufficient and capable of doing these problems and reasoning the problems out for himself or herself in the future.

Emily’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Western Washington University - Bachelors, Kinesiology

Hobbies

Sports, nutrition, medicine, education


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I feel that students have the knowledge to solve any problem; all you have to do is guide them to what they already know.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would like to look at some of the problems that they feel confident in doing already, then see where they feel they need some more help to find that bridge between the two areas.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can teach them to problem solve with the information that they have. I personally know that if a student can feel confident, they can be more successful.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would continuously show them the progress they are making. Even if they are baby steps, those steps will get them closer to reaching their goal.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would try multiple approaches. Some students are better if they can visualize a problem, whereas some understand a problem when it is told to them in a different format; it all depends on the student.