# Patrick

Certified Tutor

Patrick’s Qualifications

## Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Rhode Island College - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics

## Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 158

## Hobbies

Soccer, Fitness, New England Patriots

## Tutoring Subjects

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is that the tutor must plan before the lesson, be flexible and think quickly during the lesson, and reflect on how to improve the lesson afterwards for next time. To understand math, students should observe, question, and access prior knowledge during each lessons. A math tutor should be aware of cultural diversity and students’ particular needs in the classroom. Taking these accommodations into account is of the utmost importance to ensure each student being appropriately challenged. As problems arise during a lesson, tutors need to be able to think quickly. For example, I may need to speed up or slow down the pace of instruction based on feedback from students. Beginning sessions with a “hook” that assesses what the students should know and be able to do, as well as captures their interest, is an excellent way to determine how well students understand a concept and get their attention. After this “opener” to a session, a short time instructing should follow that helps students prepare for a discovery-based lesson. I believe students learn best when they can discover concepts for themselves with minimal guidance. This is also an important time to discuss different routes to solving a problem, as well as how to help students work out their ideas when they are having difficulties.

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

I like to touch base with the students and learn more about their struggles with math and identify their strengths and weaknesses so that I can best assist them learn the material. I like to ask a lot of questions to better understand their learning style and establish a plan to meet their specific needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I enjoy giving tips and leaving students with strategies so that they can be self-sufficient. I know a lot of different ways to explain things and will choose the right approach depending on the learning style of the student.