Hello, my name is Romin Stuart-Rasi. I am a 21 year old physics major, and I will be attending graduate school in August. My favorite physics subject would have to be gravity (general relativity). I fell in love with the subject at 16, and I will be doing research in Loop Quantum Gravity in graduate school.
I've tutored for over 2 years now, and I have picked up many different techniques in order to handle the various learning styles students have. My main tutoring approach is to look at how students solves problems on their homework. If I see that they are messing up, I correct them there. Doing this allows me to not only share any information they are missing, but it also allows them to see how to correctly solve the problem as they would on a test.
MSU Denver - Current Undergrad, Physics
9th Grade Math
IB Further Mathematics
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that we all are capable of understanding any subject, but sometimes we are looking at the problem from a different angle.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session would be like any session; the student is here for my help, and most likely, immediate help! So, I usually like to start off with the homework they have due, and if we have time, bring out past tests and look over them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The ways I help students become independent learners is by showing them how to utilize the examples in the book to understand their problems better.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has a difficulty learning something, I will ask them how they are thinking about the problem, show them some examples, and show them different ways to solve the problem, or different ways to derive the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
One of the biggest issues with sciences and math is the nomenclature of the material. If a student is having problems with reading comprehension, I like to remind them we all have problems with vocabulary, and tell them to take it slow and use the surrounding sentences for hints on what the word could mean.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
My favorite strategy for helping students is to ask them to solve the problem, and correct their mistakes right there.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I like to relate the subject they are struggling in to a subject they enjoy.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to ask them more questions on the material to see if they truly understand the concepts/methods to solve the problems. I don't like to tell students to rote memorize, but rather to truly understand the subject. This helps for tests, because you never know what will appear on a test.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I help them build confidence by showing what they did correct, while showing them what they did wrong. This builds confidence that shows they have a lot of the right ideas, but just messed up on one step.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by seeing how they solve their current homework problems.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
My tutoring changes to match my student's needs by seeing if they are behind in the class, ahead in the class, or just need help understanding a few key concepts.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically only use my pencil, some paper, and a textbook on the subject I'm tutoring.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help a student stay motivated by encouraging them, and showing the things they are doing correctly.