I am currently a student at the University of Delaware working toward a degree in Electrical Engineering. While a high school student I tutored several students in math, and I have a strong interest in math, science, and engineering courses. One of my favorite courses to tutor is Calculus because not only is there a great deal in Calculus that relates to the real world, but Calculus also really contains all of the foundations of basic math (such as Trigonometry, Algebra, etc.).
As a student, I understand the frustration that comes with not always being able to understand teachers or professors. I have developed my own methods of understanding different material in various science, math, and engineering subjects--methods which I feel will be able to help students connect better with both the coursework and with me, because I have been in their shoes and have gone through the struggles of not being able to understand a professor. Outside of academia I like to snowboard, and have a huge interest in cars and automotive sound systems.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Delaware - Current Undergrad, Electrical Engineering
Computing, Building things, Snowboarding, Reading
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Go over the main problems the student is having with the material and get a base for what they want to accomplish.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Share my experience on taking notes and what techniques I have used which helped me.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Show them real world applications of the subject and what skills they can develop from the material. Also try to relate how the material applies to their hobbies.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Test them on not just problems but also the whole concept behind the problem.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Tell them the things that they are doing right and that many people struggle with the same concepts.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbooks and equation sheets.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If the student is a visual learner I would draw out a picture explaining the problem and concepts.