I am a graduate of University of Florida in Health Science Education. I served the United States Navy for 8 years as a Nuclear Electronic Technician. I have three beautiful children, and they are the reason I am tutoring so that I can have a flexible schedule and be there for them.
I have been tutoring since I was in 5th grade. I love tutoring children, but I started to love tutoring adults while in the navy and at Valencia Community College. I love helping people and I get such a thrill when people come to me because they are having a hard time understanding various concepts in class and leave with a smile on their face because they finally understand. I love explaining complex things in simple concepts, and I look forward to tutoring you.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to find out what a student's learning style is so that I can match that learning style. In this way, it is easier for the student to understand the material.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I would find out where exactly in the material is the student having a hard time with and making sure that the student understands every aspect of the problem.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help a student become an independent learner by asking leading questions about the problem instead of telling them how to do it right away. I also encourage independent thinking in our sessions, since the student would need this to do homework and exams.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by finding creative ways in teaching a particular problem. I also try to make the problem more real by taking examples from real life that are relevant to make it more interesting.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having difficulty learning a skill or concept, I try to figure out what exactly about the skill are they having trouble with so that I can help them build up that skill.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by emphasizing learning words in context and/or learning the meanings of vocabulary words. The more vocabulary words they know and understand, then the easier it will be to comprehend what they are reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategies that I have found to be most successful when I start working with a student is making it fun and letting them do the work while I guide them to solve the problem. When they are able to do this, they often feel a sense of accomplishment.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student get excited with a subject they are struggling in by using something they like or like to do and using it in conjunction with the subject so that they can relate to it better.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The techniques I use to be sure that a student understands the material is that after we go over a particular problem, I often ask them a similar problem and see if they are able to solve it on their own using the techniques we learned in the previous problem.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence in a subject by encouraging them, especially when they don't seem to catch on, and praising them when they do well in a session.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by having them point out the types of questions they are having trouble with. For reading comprehension, I use a very short test that I have found very helpful in figuring out where I need to start them out in the lessons.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to the student's needs by matching my teaching with whatever the student's learning methods are.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Depending what the subject is, I usually bring some exercises and a book to start us out. I also have a list of resources for a particular subject that they might need.