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Christine

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I am recent Penn. State grad with a B.S. degree in engineering. I am an optimistic, determine and outgoing person that like to try and learn new things. I believe in not being afraid of being yourself, taking chances and believing in yourself.

My experience with tutoring started back in high school as community service with an after school program. During my high school senior year I was a teacher assistant in Algebra & Trigonometry class. In my freshman year of college, I received a job as PEPP mentor where I provided academic assistance, created and presented a lesson plan for middle school students. Fast forward now, I have been with Varsity Tutors from 2016 and have tutored many students along the way.

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Christine’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Bronx Community College - Current Undergrad, Engineering

Hobbies

I like the outdoors and even took a kayaking courses in college. Being an active student, I was involved in important roles such as the vice president of the Society of Women Engineering (SWE) chapter club and a Student Government Association representative. I enjoy hosting and helping out in S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering and Math) outreach event for students.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic

ACCUPLACER College-Level Math

Algebra

Algebra 3/4

CLEP College Algebra

Geometry

Homework Support

IB Mathematics

Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Trigonometry

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My method of teacher changes based on the student’s level of understanding of the subject. I do not believe there is one way of teaching, therefore I tend improvise occasionally. I like to create an environment where the student feels comfortable and not afraid to make mistakes, because I am here to help.

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

First and foremost, I will identify what subject and lesson plan the student is working on. I will like to see the student attempt a problem on their own, so I can see what area he/she is having trouble with. Once I determine this, I will explain the lesson and what the problem is asking for. I will converse rather than lecture with the student throughout our session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Through my session, I will require that my student will do problems on their own. I will give them full explanation on the lesson and work with them through a few problems before they do problems on their own. By doing so the student will understand the lesson and be confident solving problem themselves.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will let the student have a sense of control through our session, by conversing with them about the lesson. Such as letting them explain and/or show me how they work out a problem, which will give him/her confidence in solving problems. As well as, I will create a supportive and cheerful environment where the student is not afraid to make mistake.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Through previous tutoring experience, I have learned that people learn differently. So if I see a student is struggling to understand a lesson, I will change my method of teaching in order to meet the student need. I will let the student know that not everything come easy and it’s okay to make mistake.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I will read through the problem with the student and go through the terms, so the student will have a better understanding of the passage.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Conversing with the student rather than giving them a lecture.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I will remain in a cheerful tone with the student. I will let the student know that not everything comes easy and that we just have to work harder to get it.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I will allow the student to solve some problems themselves without my help. I will also have the student teach me to see how much they understand the lesson.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

By having the student teach me how to solve some problems he/she will have the confidence in solving problems on their own.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Through a few sessions, I will see the area that the student may be struggling in. Determining this will let me know how advance the student is in the subject and guide me in how to teach this student.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I will know where to start in teaching the student by finding the status the student has in the subject of study. I will be able to briefly go over what they already know and continue to other lessons.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I will have scrap papers or a notebook, writing utensils and a calculator.

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