My name is Emily. I am currently a Master's student at the University of Pennsylvania studying education. As a second year teacher in a public charter school, I have the privilege of teaching students who come from all around the Philadelphia. When I tutored Spanish and ESL in college, I aimed to make the materials relevant to not only class, but to what is practical in the world around us. As a math teacher, I seek to do the same. I also lived abroad in a Spanish speaking country, which is how I gained my proficiency and I am interested in tutoring because it is amazing to see people develop confidence in their work and become successful in school. I strive to make lessons relevant, fun, and engaging.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Bryn Mawr College - Bachelors, Sociology
Graduate Degree: University of Pennsylvania - Current Grad Student, Education
Exercise, writing, travel
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that teaching is all about getting to know students' interests, and connecting learning to those interests. Lessons should always be practical and relevant. I believe teaching is about expanding points of view and encouraging students to critically think.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first lesson with students, I would always introduce myself, and then ask the student about her/himself, including hobbies and goals for lessons.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I strive to provide students with the tools that they would need to be successful. Before I answer a question, I would like students to try to figure out if an answer makes sense. When students can figure out their own mistakes and gain confidence in taking academic risks, they will be more successful in classes, especially because they will be willing to ask more questions.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Helping a student stay motivated depends on the age of a student. I would make sure to praise all students, but a younger student may do well with praise such as high-fives. Older students may need to see themselves actively being successful in the moment, so I would encourage them to try a difficult concept and guide them through until they see the success.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would always think about different ways that I could teach the concept. For example, if I did not use visuals when presenting a topic, I may try that. I would also seek out practice that is related to the concept at hand.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
It would depend on the student. I would try to work with different level pieces, so possibly asking more difficult questions about a simpler piece of writing and then working on a more difficult piece, starting with simpler questions and building up.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find that figuring out where they are with material is a great start, both in terms of comprehension and application, as well as confidence levels. I would then find problems that review the basics and build stamina, and then move on to more challenging topics.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would ask a student how they think the subject may be useful, and if they cannot figure it out, I would provide a few examples to them that introduce ways that the subject is useful. Additionally, I would tell students that when they are struggling, that is when their brain is learning most. I would work with them to set attainable goals.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
It depends on the student. For Spanish, I would practice with real-world scenarios! With math, depending on the age of the student, I would try to model a situation where students use that particular math concept.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I try to encourage students by having them start with material that they already know and then working from there. Once they feel as though they can be successful, through encouragement, they are more likely to continue to practice the material at hand.