Learning is equivalent to growing, blossoming if you will. I seek to assist my fellow scholars by offering them water from the Well of Knowledge in my mind. Please, don't snap just yet at that amazing metaphor, it gets better! When students find themselves frustrated, struggling to conquer material, I aim to offer guidance as a tutor. I make it my goal to assist students in finding systems of learning that work for them. I look forward to working with, and learning from, the scholars of today while watching them forge their own paths leading to a brighter future as they become the brilliant minds of tomorrow.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Redlands - Current Undergrad, International Relations
ACT English: 32
ACT Reading: 32
Writing, travel, learning the harmonica, reading, learning more about economics & politics
10th Grade Math
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Math
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Math
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
6th Grade Math
6th Grade Reading
7th Grade Math
7th Grade Reading
8th Grade Math
8th Grade Reading
9th Grade Math
9th Grade Reading
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Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
It's said that one hundred percent of shots not taken are missed, so ask questions, seek answers, and don't be afraid.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
After introductions and amidst learning about the student to provide examples relevant to them, there is usually discussion regarding what the student struggles with specifically and methods of learning they find most effective.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In addition to doing the quick Google search here and there during sessions, I also show students online websites and tutorials that may be beneficial.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Continuously reminding them that understanding the material is a process and a little bit at a time is required some times. I find that students have a much better understanding than they think they do, so reminding them of this helps.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would take it step by step and try to relate the skill/concept to something they identify strongly with, or apply the skill/concept in a real world context as much as possible. I'd be sure the student knew that I'm more than willing to take as much time as they need going over the material and implore that they ask as many questions as they want/need to.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
In addition to reading through material with students, I take time to explain each answer in depth so students can get a better understanding of not only what they're reading, but also patterns in which questions are phrased/picked.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The feeling of triumph when finally understanding a concept is amazing. I make it my goal to assist clients in having those "eureka!" moments. My first session with students involves getting to know them, what kind of learners they are, and what they're passionate about. In every resulting session, I draw from that passion and relate it to their studies. Be it drawing parallels between Major/National League contact sports and the Classical Microeconomics model, or between NASCAR and Calculus, as a tutor I stress the importance of understanding concepts to best know how to apply them. I am open to the needs of my students and finding systems of learning that work for them.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would find out what excites/engages them and relate the subject matter to those passions as much as possible. For instance, relating Major/National League contact sports and the Classical Microeconomics model, or NASCAR and Calculus.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would go through and quiz them about the information, then ask them to explain the answer. For instance, if I were helping a student with trigonometry and quizzed them on Trig identities-- tangents let's say-- I would want to know why the tangent of an angle is equal to the sine of the angle over its cosine value.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I frequently make it known that students have strengths, even in subjects they may not feel they do as strongly in. For instance, if a student struggles on their math tests, they may be amazing at understanding concepts, but get overwhelmed when having to pick information out of a question to understand what the questions are asking. I constantly applaud students when they show they understand concepts or are working toward understanding. If an answer is wrong, I stray from telling students they got the answer wrong, rather I ask them how they reached the conclusion they did to place value on the process of their thoughts more than just the outcome of those thoughts in the form of a letter: A through E.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
During a session I frequently touch base with students, asking them if I'm moving too fast with the material. I prefer for tutoring sessions with students to be a conversation, led by the students. I observe them and have them work through problems, observing to see where they may need additional guidance: comprehension, time management, study skills, organization, etc.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I understand people have different styles of learning and are at different stages of need when it comes to their desire for tutoring. So, I figure out where students are at in terms of their need and assist them in strengthening these areas, so they can reinforce their confidence in areas they are already doing well in. For students who need to go back three chapters and get a refresher on that material to better understand the current material, I go back three chapters. For students who are juggling five aspects of their life and just can't seem to find time to study enough before an assessment and wind up cramming the night before, getting little to no sleep, then forgetting most of what they crammed, I go through and help them organize a calendar, prioritizing activities and helping them set up a schedule where they can study a little bit each night, or every other night, etc., to allow ample time to prepare for the quiz/test. Some students just don't know how to study, so I go about figuring out what way they learn best, and match their learning style with a way to reinforce what they learn while incorporating how they learn.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Typically, the textbook, homework/supplement assignments, and whiteboards are used in my math sessions. With English and language sessions, I use the textbooks. Depending on the student's needs, I bring additional material they can keep after the session to reinforce what they learn in the session, such as a diagram.