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I want to change how the world views math!

Sandra’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: usf - Bachelors, Mathematics

Graduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Masters, higher ed leadership teaching math


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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

As an instructor, I view myself as a guide, leading the students to develop unique points of view and the ability to critically analyze material. To be a successful learner, students must possess a comprehensive mix of interest and aptitude in the subject. Individual students will demonstrate differences in the classroom depending on their reasons for learning, their personality, their background, and their skill level. Keeping these differences in mind, I strive to vary my teaching style to accommodate the diversity of my students. I am always looking for new teaching strategies that work with my subject field. Teaching is both a privilege and a responsibility. As the students’ guide, I believe it is important to understand their motivations for taking the class and their preferred method of learning. My role is to help students to find questions, not just answers, and to learn new ways of discovering knowledge.

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

Introductions, mini assessments, questions and answers.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I do, we do, YOU do.

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

Try different methods relative to the topic.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Suggest reading independently on topics they like.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Mnemonic devices, colors.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I like to make jokes with it, and describe it in situations that would apply to them.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Study guides, outlines, helpful hints, assessments, projects.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

By appraising the positive things they do.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

With discussion and assessments.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Everyone has a different learning style.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?