My goal is to strengthen learning in the phoenix communities by helping equip students with resources and confidence to succeed in their studies at school. I have found that working on practice problems multiple times has helped reinforce concepts from class. I have experience showing visual aids and having students explain how they would solve the problem which in turn has inspired them to want to solve more problems. Some students have courage to be leaders in the study session and motivating them to teach others has helped them reinforce concepts and others as well to want to teach. Additionally, I find that learning about students' interests and hobbies helps me find ways to make the problems more fun to solve. Tailor interests to problems has lasting impacts on learning capabilities. In the long run, they will have better grades and be successful in their future careers. With team work, nothing is impossible.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My goal is to help students achieve higher grades from attending study sessions. I want to equip them with resources, and challenge them by visually writing down their thought process and see where they are stuck. After that, I would provide understanding to solve the problems and show some analogies to reinforce the concepts.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself to them and ask the same from them. See how their school is going, what they enjoy most, and where they struggle.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help them reinforce concepts by practicing similar problems over and over. Also, give them different perspectives at looking at each problem.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Get to know the student more on their interests, and talk about them every once in awhile. Find ways to connect their interests with the problems to make them more appealing.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Find different ways to approach the problem. Ask them what's difficult by showing where they get stuck, or if it's a concept they need more reinforcement learning.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that to ask questions about their interests and hobbies is great because I can tailor the problem sets towards those interests to gain the students' interest.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Students' interests and hobbies are a great way to engage their attention in subjects they are struggling in.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I have found that visual aids, such as using a whiteboard to demonstrate analogies of the concepts, help. Also, kinetically practicing problems multiple times helps students succeed in their understanding of the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Solving similar problems multiple times can reinforce concepts. Not only that, but it also helps to be consistent by doing daily/weekly problems to keep material fresh in their minds.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask the student what concepts they feel they do well at in class and ask where they think they need improvement. I also provide multiple ways to tailor the session to the students' needs, whether it's visual aids, kinetically practicing, or hearing the question/steps.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I use one or more of the three methods: visual, audio, and/or kinetic. Students who are visual prefer to see the problem before them or to write the problem out and solve it as a puzzle. Audio learning is where the problem is spoken and explained step-by-step to allow the student to understand the process. Kinetic is where multiple similar problems are solved to reinforce concepts.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I will always have a notebook, calculator, and web pages loaded with extra resources to help provide all the information the students need to do well on problem sets.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I have found that reading a whole paragraph helps in painting the picture. Next, I read sentences by themselves to understand details. Last, I read once more for keywords and write down what variables/formulas will be needed to solve the problem.