I'm a PhD student at North Carolina State University in the field of Civil (Construction) Engineering. I always wanted to teach and being a Teaching Assistant (TA) at North Carolina State University has been a very rewarding and educational experience.
I have studied math and civil engineering extensively throughout my education. I received a high score on my GRE exam in 2012, and I'm familiar with the exam structure and the efficient preparation strategies.
My tutoring style is based on my extensive knowledge of the topics and my motivational skills. I believe motivating students is an important part of tutoring, as much as obtaining knowledge. My strategy is to have students excited about the topic, build students self confidence, and encourage them to be involved during the tutoring session. I always maintain a very good relationship with students and I make sure that I am very approachable. At the end, I consider the student's success as my own success and I'll work hard and stay consistent in order to achieve and/or exceed the anticipated results.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Tripoli - Bachelors, Civil Engineering
Graduate Degree: North Carolina State University at Raleigh - Masters, Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
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10th Grade Math
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CLEP College Algebra
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Q & A
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The best strategy is to try to keep the student comfortable with you. I need to try to be approachable and trustworthy for the students.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I'll start with the basics of the subject, and work on clarifying these basics, keeping the window for questions and answers always open. Then I try to engage the students in problem solving on their own to build their self-confidence, and increase the level of difficulty in stages until reaching full self-confidence. With self-confidence, the student will be more excited about the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
1- Encourage the student to ask questions 2- Make the student work on review problems during the class 3- Address any mistakes or issues with the review problems 4- Assign homework to the student if more practice is required
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
The best way to build a student's confidence is to get him to solve the problems on his own successfully. First, I teach the student the basics with examples, and then ask him to solve a problem he most likely is able to solve based on my assessment of his ability, and then I increase the level of difficulty in stages.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
First, I ask the student about his concerns about the subject and where he/she is struggling, and listen to the student carefully, and then I might need to give them an assessment test or try to work with him through several problems to evaluate his/her weak and strong points, and build my tutoring strategy accordingly.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
My tutoring strategy is flexible, and I design my lesson plan according to the student's needs. Some students need to build self-confidence before exams, while others need more motivation skills in order to make them excited about the subject.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on the subject. For some subjects, it is better to work with papers and pens only. Other topics might include other materials, such as a laptop and books.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is about motivation, and helping the students understand and work through the subject on their own. My role is clarifying, guiding and motivating.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Before the first session, I ask about the students concerns and the goal he/she wants to reach, and prepare for the first session. During the session, I'll introduce myself and ask the student about his/her concerns and where they are struggling. I encourage them to talk more and ask questions, and I adjust my session plan accordingly. The first session is more about listening to student concerns and building a trustworthy relationship with the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The student can be an independent learner by getting him/her involved during the session, encouraging them to ask questions, and making them work with me through the problems.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The student will be more motivated if he feels that he can understand the subject and be familiar with it. First, I'll explain the basics of the subject by simplifying it to the student, and then make the student work through the problems under my supervision and limited help. The student will start building self-confidence over time, and will feel excited about the subject and turn into a motivated student.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try to understand why the student has these difficulties, and work on simplifying the concept more, slowly, until they understand the concept or acquire the skill.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I'll encourage them to read slowly and work on explaining what we have read, and we can increase the pace as the student's progress increases. It's more about getting the student to practice.