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Alexander

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I take an active interest in who I am helping. Most tutors, like teachers, provide the information - the knowledge - without a concern for if the student is inspired to learn it. I ask more questions of the student than I give the knowledge he/she needs. I do not have a general method for tutoring, it is always on an individual basis for who I am working with at the time. What makes me a great tutor, is the passion I have to see the look on someone's face when they get themselves to the point of understanding a problem. I simply help them get there.

Alexander’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Oklahoma City Community College - Associates, Pre-engineering

Test Scores

ACT English: 31

Hobbies

My interests/hobbies include: reading and writing screenplays, admiring the relationship between perceptual reality and the mathematical fabric of time and space, looking at puppies, cardiovascular exercise, tree-climbing, mountain-climbing, cardiovascular exercise, socializing, climbing, and public speaking

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Writing

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Calculus AB

Arithmetic

Calculus

College Algebra

Differential Equations

Environmental Science

High School English

High School Writing

Math

Middle School Math

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Statistics

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I ask questions. I ask conceptual questions to my students with the intention that they realize the answer on their own. Learning is intrinsic, and I'm not here to teach. I am here to help those who want to learn.

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

The first session is all about learning for me. I have to understand how her/his mind works to be able to successfully guide the student towards understanding his/her topic.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Motivation. This is the only way to inspire someone to learn independently. I motivate students by giving them the unparalleled gratification of finding the right answer on their own, only acting as a guide.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I answered this in the previous question.

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

I will support him/her until he/she learns the concept. Learning is difficult; I relate to that, and I may share a story of my own struggles with studying. I will reinforce that the hard concepts take time and effort, but nothing is impossible to understand.

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

I don't correct them, not at first. I ask them what they think an excerpt meant to them. I ask more specific questions, and I instruct them on questions to ask themselves throughout the reading.

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

My most successful strategy is becoming friends with the student and just being real with them. That establishes the necessary trust that most instructors neglect.

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

I would think of things about the subject that would excite the student. Everybody's different, so I may need to use humor, or a scientific example, or a natural example -- it just has to be relatable to them to invoke emotions.

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

Repetition of questions. Ensuring the student is being honest in their understanding, and not trying to rush through the material.

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

By helping the student find the correct answers and the correct manners of thinking, on his or her own.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Psychoanalysis.

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

I am always adapting my tutoring to the student's needs.

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

Pencil and paper.