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Samantha

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Being the oldest child in my family, I have had the opportunity to help take care of several younger children. I have learned over time that children learn best if you set a great example for them. While I did things a bit backward (got married, had children, went back to college), I still try my best daily to set the example for not only my own children, but for all children. I believe that an education is incredibly important and I strive to help children see their potential and reach for it. I enjoy seeing children learn new things and finally have that 'ah-ha!' moment when they finally figure something out that they have been struggling with. It is my goal to be part of the support system that helps them find their way throughout their educational career.

Samantha’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Current Undergrad, English

Hobbies

Reading, Hiking, Doing outdoor activities with my children


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that all children have the capability to learn and enjoy their learning materials. I also find that if the educational materials and the learning environment are fun, the students will retain more information and want to learn more. I aim to teach children based on their needs and their individual learning styles.

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

I would get to know the student. I would introduce myself and talk about their interests and even what they struggle with. We would find the most comfortable area and learning style for the student to be successful and work from there.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I work with students to acknowledge their potential. I will help them along the way, but will not give them the answers. I will help them find several different ways to find the solution to a problem. It isn't an adult's job to tell children the solutions; it is to be their guide to find them.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would make the lessons interesting. We could turn the lesson into a game, sing a song, or find other modern examples, such as movies or cartoons, that can relate to what we are working on.

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

I would break the concept down to the basics and work our way toward the overall skill or concept. Sometimes, breaking it down into little steps makes it much easier to understand the larger process.

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

In my experience, reading through the story once and then asking questions immediately can be a bit overwhelming to some students. However, if I find that the student is struggling to come up with the answers, we will read through it again and then discuss what we've read before moving on to asking questions. More often than not, the student will answer the questions during this process without having been asked.

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

Building a solid rapport with the student definitely gives us a head start. Finding out what their interests are and using them to our advantage throughout the learning process seems to make things go more smoothly.

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

I would find something that interests the student and incorporate it into the lesson. For example, if the student really likes stickers, we would work on a problem. And after we finish, I could reward the student with a sticker. I enjoy a reward system because it leads the students to feel accomplished for doing something that they may not have enjoyed to begin with.

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

There are many things that we could do to ensure that the student understands the material. For instance, we could do a mini-quiz on what we have been working on, or we could even discuss the material. If there still seem to be things that the student is struggling with, I would know that I needed to work more in that particular area with the student.

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

Praise, praise, praise! All students need to hear that they are doing their best, even if it is difficult for them. Some subjects are more challenging to students than others, but if we work on the little steps and work toward the larger skill, it helps build their confidence by accomplishing a smaller goal.

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

It truly depends on the student. When I meet a student, I will build a rapport with them and get to know their strengths and weaknesses. I will then find new, fun ways of working on things based on the individual student. Not every child learns in the same way, so being able to adapt and individualize a lesson per student is very important to their success.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by talking to not only the parents, but to the student as well. Building a professional but comfortable relationship with the student is important for learning where they need the most assistance. I also keep note of what the student seems to be struggling with during the session to ensure that I focus on that aspect of their work as well.

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

It varies, depending on the student. I make sure that I always have the basic necessities (pencils, pens, paper, calculator, etc.) readily available for use. I will also bring in other items depending on what is needed for the student after learning where they need the most assistance.