A good tutor goes above and beyond to make sure their students truly understand the material. As a former tutor, I always spent time outside the lesson to prepare materials I knew would be beneficial for my student. Although there have been improvements in the U.S. education system, a large majority of students are still being taught via rote memorization versus concept-based learning. Rote memorization is useful in learning basic facts, however, it does not allow the student to see the connections between these facts. Thus, I teach each lesson as a continuum of the past lesson providing them multiple strategies to approach the same problem showing that those same techniques can be applied to different problems. Seeing my student solve a pre-calculus problem based solely on his knowledge from a previous section provides me with the greatest satisfaction. In this period of technology, it is becoming increasingly important to train students to be independent creative thinkers who not only know the connections of current scientific knowledge, but who are able to see or discover the new connections that arise.
However, some old school tools such as penmanship and reading aloud are still worth keeping. According to recent studies, children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. While other studies have shown that reading aloud to children enhances their vocabulary and other communication skills grooming them to eventually read on their own. By being receptive to arising studies and to the feedback from students and parents, I will provide my students with a rigorous, thought provoking curriculum. The Youth certainly are the future, and we need to give them the tools to excel and innovate.
Rose Ann’s Qualifications
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Tulane University of Louisiana - Bachelors, Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Degree: University of Houston - Masters, Biomedical Engineering
ACT Reading: 30
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 129
Community Service, Reading (especially science fiction), Ballet, Capoeira, Composing Music, Screenwriting.
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School English
MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Middle School Science
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Students often are uninterested in their studies because they don't see the connection to real life scenarios. I always communicate to my students that all the science and math they learn power the world --from programming their favorite video games to constructing space shuttles, while reading comprehension teaches you to be a better communicator, a necessity for student office positions and becoming a leader in the workforce. When students know that they are doing more than memorizing facts and actually gaining knowledge and skills for their future aspirations, nothing will keep them from learning and working hard.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would explain the skill or concept in simple terms, introducing it piece by piece and making sure the student is understanding each component. Sometimes the lack in understanding is not due to an inability in learning, but rather in how the material is presented. Students can get distracted by the jargon of a concept, but when you communicate at their educational level, they realize just how simple it is.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To make sure a student truly understands the material, I have the student explain and even teach the material back to me. I also give them problems more complex than those previously practiced, to see if they are able to apply that lesson's principles. If they still are not understanding the material, I adapt my teaching method so that they are receiving the most beneficial learning experience.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I always let the student know that everyone has a subject that they struggle with (including myself), and that it is often just a little extra help and hard work that is needed to excel in the course. It is okay to fail at first, as long as you learn from it and use it to succeed later on.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
First, I ask the student what aspects of the subject that they think they struggle in. Then, I have the student solve a problem or perform an assignment as I observe them closely, seeing where their strengths and weaknesses lie. Based on this assessment, I focus on improving areas where the student struggles most before moving on to other weaknesses.