Students have different learning styles but difficulties can be overcome by completely "Understanding" the Basics in topics of discussion. If you try to memorize without understanding, you will forget, but if you understand, the memory will follow. Some students are more visual than others and therefore a combination of graphics and text will be more beneficial to the students learning process.
There is no such thing as a stupid question. The only stupid question is the question that was not asked. Asking is part of the process of learning. Students sometimes feel that others might ostracize them because they always ask questions. We should remind these students that their learning and success do not depend on the approval of other individuals. Believe in yourself and know that your success is solely based on your efforts and not the opinion of others.
Francis Xavier’s Qualifications
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: St.Louis University - Bachelors, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Saint Louis University-Main Campus - Masters, Biology, General
Tennis, mountain biking and reading.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Facilitation is a better word to describe the teaching profession, mainly because we help the student learn and partly teach them the basics. There is no such thing as a "stupid question."
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student, their strengths and weaknesses, and their interests and learning styles. Creating a teacher-student bond makes the sessions more comfortable and easier for the student to open up.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Basics are basics, and understanding them will help the student learn better. When we help the student realize their strengths, they become more independent learners.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Learning occurs everywhere and every day in an individual’s life. Knowledge is power, and if the student realizes this truth, more often than not they will stay motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Breaking down the difficult concepts to their basics and then building from the ground up always does the trick in understanding these concepts. A different approach can help in these difficulties.