Education has been an important part of my life and I have enjoyed studying a variety of subjects. I was successful enough in my high school experience, that I was able to begin tutoring in my own home as I helped my younger sister in math. After graduating, I served a two year church service mission in New York where I was able to study and learn Spanish.
After that, I attended college where I continued my study of Spanish and began to study business. Again I had the opportunity to be involved with math in the form of accounting and statistics.
I was employed by a high school as a math tutor and continue to develop my mastery of the Spanish language.
I feel that I am a very patient teacher and that understanding the structure of the math problem or grammar behind the language are just as important as getting the correct answer.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Washington State University - Bachelors, Sport Management
ACT Composite: 29
Elementary School Math
High School English
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Understanding how to answer the question is more important than providing the correct response.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Assess current understanding and build trust.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Demonstrating how to learn.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Find a way to connect them with the importance of education. Give them the feeling of success.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Build from something they understand.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Teach them how to find the purpose behind what they are reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Building their confidence.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate it to something they identify with.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Allowing them to work on their own and reviewing their work.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Building around principles they understand.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Building a relationship with them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbooks, online resources.