I have an Associates in Chemistry, and am currently an undergraduate student at Valencia College. I previously worked with two other tutoring companies, and thus am aware of how important it is for students to create a studying routine, in order to reinforce the material they discuss every day in class. In many cases, clarifying two or three difficult topics can be the key to success for students. My job as a tutor is to offer these well-instructed practices to my students, and to ensure that my students receive as much practice as they need before taking any examination.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Valencia College - Current Undergrad, Chemistry
Elementary School Math
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
PCAT Quantitative Ability
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
If practice doesn't make perfect, it definitely makes great results.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I review what the student's difficulties are and do some practice exercises.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I encourage the students to practice everyday their math exercises until they create a basic routine.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would remind the student of the benefits of good grades when studying.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break down step by step the concept in order for the student to comprehend it fully.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help understand the context of the paragraph in order for the reader to comprehend the message of the article they are reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most successful strategies would be to go to problem solving when regarding math topics. Also it is good for the student to write down all the doubts they found on class just to clarify them with their tutor.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
First I make sure the student writes down or clarifies to me what are their real necessities as a student. What is their priority, to get a good grade, or to understand in depth the material they're learning?
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Basically I start from the needs that concern the student most to the needs that least concern them. I will emphasize more on those that give the student more doubt.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use paper and pencils for the student. My personal favorites for in-person tutoring are a large 16 x 22 sketchbook with different color sharpies. The combination of visual aids plus highlighted colors are great pieces for learning.