Learning new things can be hard; but if you put in some effort and get some help, you can get better grades. I mostly work with students who have difficulties with math, I also can tutor basic c++ and electronics technology courses. I have experience working with with dyslexia and ADHD so if you have I'm also here to help students with learning disabilities.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
There are many learning styles that students can have. Learning with your learning style is very important to understanding material. There are also many ways to learn a skill. Some methods will work for some people while others can understand a new task a different way. If the method that you are using to solve a problem is not working, you should try another one.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session would primary be finding your weak points that will need to be worked on. Also, we will try to find out your leaning style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The main way to become an independent learner is learning organizational skills to help with keeping up with studying. I can teach basic organization skills to help stay organized. The most important part of becoming an independent learner though is a love of learning. I will do my best to show you that learning new things can be fun!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having difficulty learning a new skill or concept; the best way to help is to use a different method of teaching.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Finding a student’s weaknesses in a subject and focus on them. The best way to master a new skill is lots of repetition.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I have found the best way to keep a student engaged with a subject is to have them do the majority of the work and give suggestions or show them how a problem is worked out if they are having problems.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like using other problems that I find on the internet or come up with myself and have students solve them. If they can solve the problems without any help, they understand.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
The best way to gain confidence is success. When a student finds that they now understand and are mastering a subject, they gain confidence in the subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask questions to see how they are keeping up with their homework and studying. If they are struggling with a skill, I will focus on that need. I also like to ask if they have trouble with organizing in general. Trouble organizing usually leads to issues with setting aside time to study and do homework.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
My tutoring style is very fluid. Each student is unique with different needs. Some students learn differently from others. Some students like to see how things are put together. Some other students like to be told how a problem is solved. My teaching style changes depending on the student. Some students need help with different skills than others. I adjust the focus of my teaching to focus on a student’s weak points in a subject.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The type of materials I use depend on the skills that I'm focusing on during a session. The most important piece of materials is the book that the student is working out of. The second most important is lots of paper. The type of materials I use also depends on what I’m teaching. With arithmetic, I like bringing counting blocks. With algebra and math, I like to bring graph paper as well as a calculator. Sometimes counting blocks help with teaching students the very basics of algebra.