I have been tutoring professionally for 10+ years. I believe in excellence for myself as well as my students. I am in the process of completing my PhD in Business. My goal in education is to make sure that every student receives my best effort in making learning enjoyable, fun and current. I teach high school and I find it very rewarding. I especially like to see the growth in my students from year to year. It takes time, but it is very important to build relationships with my students, i.e. get to know their interests. I love to read and watch old movies.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Mount Olive University - Bachelors, Business
Graduate Degree: Pheiffer University - Masters, Business
Reading, working out, watching sports on tv, and old movies
1st Grade Math
2nd Grade Math
3rd Grade Math
4th Grade Math
5th Grade Math
6th Grade Math
7th Grade Math
8th Grade Math
9th Grade Math
Elementary School Math
PRAXIS Core Math
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to always be a learner myself, as I help students master mathematics based on their individual learning styles while using the most effective 21st century teaching and learning tools.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would like to use the first session to get to know the student. I would have an icebreaker. A simple and fun math game.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
First I would model the problem, next help the student with the problem, and lastly assess the student's ability to do the problem on his or her own. The student will always have the opportunity to demonstrate independent learning. I will also continue to challenge the student as he or she progresses.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would keep the questions interesting and stimulating. I will create math problems that are relative to the student’s interest. For instance, if my student has hobbies such as dance or sports, I will plan my math problems around familiar interests. I will also make sure that the student is involved in the sessions. They will know going into the relationship what my expectations are for them. I will also have them list goals, so that I can stay on track with them as well.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will try to present the concept in a different way. The student may grasp the same concept presented as a puzzle or a graph. Or I may present the material in terms of a story or a game. It's the same material, but I will present it in different manner.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I can read the material ahead of time, and pick out vocabulary that I think may be challenging to the student. First we can look for similar words to use instead of the words used in the text. Also we can use context clues to help the student understand the text.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
1. Building a relationship first 2. Have the students list their goals 3. Make sure that I allow the student to demonstrate their mastery of the skills, without always telling them what the answer is. The more the student can show his understanding and effort, the better.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I have had pre-planned materials in the past. For instance if my student is struggling with integers, then I will upload an activity/worksheet helping the students practice integers. I especially like PowerPoints when introducing lessons. Whiteboards so that I can see the steps that the students uses to solve problems are very helpful.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
1. By the student’s goals, and or the parents’ or teachers’ goals. 2. By the student’s ability to do or not do the tutoring work. I have to step back and give the student the opportunity to try to do the work on his own, so that I can assess what he knows or does not know.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help the student by getting to know the student's interest. Students care about what you know when they know you care about them.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would assess the students with "what if " questions about the material. I would also have the student create his or her scenario about the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build confidence by starting with general concepts and work and building on the material based on student's learning ability and styles of learning.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I read the bio of the student. I talk with the parents, and I build lessons based on student and parent goals.