# Duane

Certified Tutor

Undergraduate Degree: Allegheny College - Bachelors, Mathematics

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ACCUPLACER Prep

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic

ACCUPLACER College-Level Math

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra

Applied Mathematics

CLEP Prep

CLEP Calculus

CLEP College Mathematics

College Math

Elementary School Math

GED Math

HSPT Math

HSPT Quantitative

HSPT Verbal

ISEE Prep

ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning

What is your teaching philosophy?

The best way to learn something is to expose yourself to it as much as possible and put it in the simplest terms that you can understand.

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

A first session with a student would be an honest talk between us. Firstly, to introduce ourselves then to talk about our strengths, weaknesses and goals. Once we have an Idea of each other, I would give the student some type of assessment to have an Idea of their understanding of the subject.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Alongside the material that I teach in class, I also provide some outside resources and references in order to give the student a different perspective on the material so they have a better understanding on what is going on.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Using their strengths and building on their weaknesses in the classroom.

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

This goes back to what I said in the previous question. I would provide a different perspective on the concept using outside resources and references.

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

Drawing connections between concepts already covered in class. Therefore, the transition between the two can become much smoother and easier to understand.

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

I would find ways to apply such a subject in their actual lives. People have an easier time remembering something if they can relate it to their own lives

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

I like to use the old school tradition and use quizzes and tests to make sure that the student understands the material.

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

Start off slow and easy. Nobody has ever mastered a subject they studied for the first time.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I stop at certain points to address and acknowledge the class’s questions, comments and concerns. I also encourage discussion in the classroom so everyone is engaged and make it easier to identify everyone's academic needs.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I like to keep my teaching style flexible since every student has an individual learning style and pace. There are people who learn by listening, observing and those who take a hands-on approach. I prefer to keep it in a way that I can adapt to everyone's style of learning.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

My use of materials varies.