I am a very patient and understanding person. I speak clearly and always make sure I can help the student find a way to understand the material, even if it means deviating form normal techniques. I have tutored both kids and peers in the past. I have found that for kids, especially in mathematics, relating to something they enjoy makes the experience more enjoyable. Regarding peers/college level students, I can relate to them very well, because I have been through exactly what they're going through and I believe the number one trait is patience. I never rush a student and treat them with the utmost respect.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Arizona - Bachelors, Biomedical Engineering/German Studies
ACT Math: 33
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What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to teach with patience above all else, because I think there is nothing more troublesome to a student than frustration. Taking a problem slowly is sometimes the best option to fully developing their understanding of the issue.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask them about themselves, first of all. I would ask them what their hobbies and interests are. Maybe we would be able to connect about something (video games, movies, sports, etc.); that would make our tutoring sessions more fun.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping a student is key, but sometimes testing them on whether they can tackle a part of the problem by themselves is a good way to exercise their independence. I will, of course, always be there to come in and help, but sometimes I feel like giving them 10 minutes to go solo on a problem trains their way of thinking this way.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I know that some subjects can be very dull to students, especially mathematics (this sometimes varies depending on the age of the student as well). Sometimes, finding a way to connect something they like or have an easy time remembering is a good way of getting them to learn a subject or topic. Usually for younger students, incentive and reward is commonly implemented (the motivation to finish their math assignment because then they can go out with their friends).
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Like my philosophy states, I would always be patient with the student. I would try my best to relate the concept to something they like. This would obviously work differently depending on the age of the student. But, for younger students and older students alike, sometimes making little rhymes or jingles helps them recall the information easier. I learned a lot of mathematical processes this way when I was in school.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading struggles can be tedious and time consuming, and like I've stated in my philosophy, patience is a virtue. have them read it out loud (slowly if necessary) and me help them pronounce anything they can't quite wrap their head around.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When starting with a student, one doesn't always know how they function in a stressful situation or how they approach and/or react to the learning process. That's why I think getting to know the student a little bit is very helpful. I would ask them if they know of their academic strengths and weaknesses, and I would also share mine. It makes me more relatable and I feel like they would be more accepting of a scenario in which they were struggling with a concept.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would check to see if they would be able to re-do the problem we just finished on their own. If they could explain to me how it was done as if I were the student, then they definitely understand the concept.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Initially, hearing from them about what they think might be a "weak" suit of theirs in a subject helps me to know when and where I can provide more assistance. Otherwise, I would assess the situation based on how long it was taking us to get through a specific concept.