## Aaron

Certified Tutor

Aaron’s Qualifications

### Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Austin Community College District - Current Undergrad, Chemical Engineering

Graduate Degree: Austin Community College District - Current Grad Student, Chemical Engineering

### Hobbies

Hiking, backpacking, camping, anything outdoors

### Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

11th Grade Math

1st Grade Math

6th Grade Math

Elementary School Math

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Aim your goals high, and the outcome will be high.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would do a run through of basic concepts to see where they are at in the subject so I could be a more helpful tutor.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Set them up with the general knowledge to tackle any problem.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Words of encouragement and positive feedback. Everyone needs a boost when the material gets difficult.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Start from the ground up and approach the concept different ways until it clicks.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Patience is key. In math word problems can be difficult to comprehend what the question is asking so be breaking down the question in steps I have found to be the biggest help.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Getting to know the student first off. Never presenting yourself as an almighty math whiz, and definitely being understanding with the subject they are having difficulty with. I let the students know I was in their shoes at one point in time seeking help just like them.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Make the learning fun. I have learned different methods of tutoring from being an SI that break the hardships of math and make it interesting. Once the student starts to understand material it isn't hard for them to engage it confidently.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

The best way is to make sure a student understands something is have them go back and explain each step. If you can explain the work you did it puts it in your memory. Then give them a similar problem and have them solve it while explaining each step.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Make the subject enjoyable. Never approach a topic with a negative attitude.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

The best way for me is to ask basic concepts. If they can’t answer these then that is what you start with.