My name is Rudy Ramirez. I am proud to be a tutor for Varsity Tutors and look forward to helping students overcome their worries and hone their math skills.
I strongly believe specialized and sincere care for students significantly increases their performance in the classroom and life. When students receive undivided attention from teachers, it allows them to think more clearly and reduce the anxiety that comes from classroom settings. Encouraging students and building their self-confidence with positivity and recognition establishes solid foundations.
As a young child, I was selected to a non-profit educational program giving education opportunities to disadvantaged youth. I was selected on the basis of my excellent grades and high test scores. Since I went to a low funded elementary public school, I wasn't being challenged to reach my full potential. The program recognized this and placed me in Houston's top private schools.
I struggled initially because the new environment caused me great anxiety and loss of self confidence. I soon realized my frame of mind greatly impacted my performance in the classroom. I was not happy with my new surroundings and needed specialized attention away from classmates. I began being tutored after and before school. My grades improved significantly because I began to develop better habits, which gradually decreased the anxieties I felt. My confidence and character greatly benefitted because of the help I received.
I was eventually entrusted as a high school junior to tutor math students entering the non-profit program. My senior year in high school, I thought whole classrooms both in English and Spanish. My students received top test scores and were accepted into Houston's best private schools.
I enjoy helping students overcome their weaknesses and build upon their strengths. I strongly believe decreasing stress is a key to doing well in life. I am compassionate about students needs and develop plans that are effective in increasing their intuitive thinking, reasoning, independence and other strong character building traits. I look forward to teaching and seeing great results from my students with the support I once received.
Southwestern University - Bachelors, Business
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy focuses on a cooperative learning style. I understand learning math concepts can be stressful, and I try to minimize that stress by teaching in a way where the student is actively participating. I help students understand different math concepts by finding relative real life examples the student feels comfortable with. For example, if a student enjoys sports or a certain television show, etc., I implement those topics in the math lessons thought. Learning math principles is extremely important in increasing a student's intuitive thinking and problem solving.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I generally enjoy getting to learn the student’s hobbies, academic and nonacademic strengths/weaknesses, and environment they feel comfortable in. I strongly believe a positive environment and encourage can great help a student's confidence and ability to learn.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I found giving student's task to follow-up on or research help's them become stronger independent students. I strongly believe in participation in front of peers.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I always make sure students know that I can be trusted with any academic worries they may have. I believe in asking as many questions as needed to avoid any confusion. I found using positive and motivational words and mentalities help students focus.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I ask the student what the source of their issue is, and I use alternative teaching methods the student may feel more comfortable with. A classroom setting may not always be the best environment for learning. I have a liberal arts background, which encourage students to learn in unconventional methods.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I encourage the student to read about topics he/she enjoys. This provides more comfort to the student and allows to them enhance their pronunciation and vocabulary. I feel reading can be enjoyable, and want students to appreciate it in their own ways. When solving Math problems, I teach students how to look for keywords that will enable the student to understand the task needed to be completed.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I usually allow a student to ease their mind and nerves by solving one problem myself, then gradually letting them participate as they become more comfortable of the next steps.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I try to use examples that are relevant to the student's life, such as sports, hobbies, etc.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I tend to allow a student to completely explain the purpose of concepts and steps that are required to use after he/she has numerous practice attempts.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I use a lot of positive and encouraging words to help the student mentally feel less stressed about the difficulties they are having. I give them small steps, and gradually increase the difficulty as they become more comfortable.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I attempt to grasp a student’s weaknesses by allowing them to explain the steps they have issues with. I give them the big picture or purpose of the topics we are covering to know we are on the same page.