# Diana

Certified Tutor

Undergraduate Degree: Colorado State University-Fort Collins - Bachelors, Microbiology

Graduate Degree: University of Colorado School of Public Health - Current Grad Student, Epidemiology

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10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

1st Grade Math

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

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4th Grade Math

5th Grade

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

ACCUPLACER College-Level Math

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra

AP Research

ASPIRE Math

Biotechnology

CLEP College Algebra

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Molecular Biology

Other

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

Study Skills and Organization

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching style is to guide you through the problems step-by-step. Each session will help the student understand the concepts and how to approach problems without feeling overwhelmed. There are two ways we can approach this; we can start by looking at the syllabus for the student.

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

I can adapt the lessons to each individual student's needs and learning style, and I highly encourage students to be interactive in their learning and come in with questions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will show the student different ways to study - visually, auditorily, and hands-on. The student will decide which method works best for them.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

As a Colorado State University alumni and graduate, I learned that academic excellence comes from passion, dedication, and hard work! I understand that a subject that is very dry and boring can be very difficult to get through; however, I believe that motivation comes from an instructor's passion. I can make mathematics and science fun for you!

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

I can adapt the lessons to each individual student's needs and learning style and highly encourage students to be interactive in their learning and come in with questions. Remember, there are no such thing as "stupid questions!" There is, though, such a thing as "stupid answers," therefore, the pressure is on me.

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

My teaching style is to guide you through the problems step by step. Each session will help the student understand the concepts and how to approach problems without feeling overwhelmed.

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

Make sure you come prepared with questions. Most tutoring sessions aren't long enough for a tutor to successfully pry out of you what you want and need to learn. If you come prepared, you wind up spending less time trying to figure out where to begin and more time working toward your academic goals.

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

Remember the tutoring session is about your success. Let your tutor know if their method of teaching isn't working. There might be times when you will need to adjust the way you approach a concept or problem. You shouldn't, however, feel as though you need to completely change your learning style to accommodate your tutor. Tutors are trained, and willing, to work with you to help determine the best way for you to approach your studies. In the same respect, let your tutor know if their method of teaching is particularly helpful. Doing so will give them a better sense of how to continue with tutoring sessions.

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

Take notes during your tutoring session. This will help you retain any new information that your tutor provides you and will even help you solidify concepts that you already have notes on.

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

Be honest with yourself and with your tutor. Express the goals you wish to achieve. Talk to your tutor the same way you approach problems. Break down your thought process. Share with them what you understand and what you need help understanding. This will help them understand how you learn best. Don't feel embarrassed to open up about what you're struggling with--your tutors are there to help you!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

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

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

The internet, my personally made materials, and textbooks.