For me it's not just about helping students with their homework, but helping youth better understand life and how the real world functions. I hope through engaging with them they grasp a better understanding of their assignments, but also the meaning behind why they are even assigned! Organization, a proactive attitude, and dedication are tools that require discipline and together we can learn why this is a good thing and how they can be beneficial. I want to form habits they will use through adulthood. I encourage students to apply themselves not just so they can do better at school work, but so that they can grow into practical adults.
Writing, reading comprehension and creative thinking are cornerstones of necessity and innovation, and can be especially useful into today's job market where we are often encouraged to think "outside the box." Feeling confident in their ability to write and form ideas in a coherent way, gives students a heads up in the competitive college application process. It is my goal to help students learn and appreciate the endless possibilities through something as accessible as sitting down with a pen and paper (or computer). I also hope that they may find joy in reading -- knowledge is power and with the right perspective a student can find this exciting!
As an adult who believes we should never stop learning, working with the youth is always inspiring. They teach me as I teach them. Looking at the world through their eyes has helped me maintain an optimistic, hopeful, and imaginative approach to living, which I believe is crucial to the healthy and successful development of our students.
University of Maryland-College Park - Bachelors, English Language and Literature
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would utilize practical warm up exercises that encourage the student to think and also feel comfortable working with me. I never want my students to feel intimidated or shy -- I'm their tutor and friend who is here to help, not judge.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Proper organizational skills and tools, building good reading and writing habits, and positive reinforcement in their unique ideas about school work and life are some of the ways I help my students become independent and confident in their abilities as learners.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By helping them build confidence in their individuality. Rather than critique their work, I'm here to help fine-tune it.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would help them find a way to look at the concept in a different way. I find it's usually through perspective that we get discouraged. Therefore, I would look for new ways of approaching the concept, as well as make it as enjoyable as possible for them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I tell them to slow down. We break the assignment down into segments and take our time with the material. Oral and written exercises are applied that help students use their own experiences to better understand what they are trying to read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Building a strong, positive, non-threatening relationship with my student is the first step to successful tutoring. Proving my sincerity is helpful in developing their confidence during the sessions -- which makes our time together more effective.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I always find it useful to apply their personal interests and experiences to the assignments. When they feel personally invested in the material, it suddenly becomes important!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to ask them questions following assignments, either written or oral, to help them process their thoughts as well as check to see if they understand.