As your tutor I am dedicated to helping you achieve your educational goals. My approach is to start off with meeting you and finding out as much about you as I can; what your goals are, what kind of learning style fits you best, what your likes and dislikes of past classes, instructors are. I then will work with you to create a harmonious, fun learning experience that is tailored to your expectations. I have been teaching since 1998. Some of the struggles you are experiencing I am familiar with. Chances are good I had those same struggles during my formative learning period. As a life long learner, I still struggle with some, myself.
I have had overall great success with teaching students of all ages. I currently teach a variety of subjects, as listed in my profile. I use a variety of teaching methods in my work, ranging from use of books, the Internet, and interactive learning tools. I look forward to the possibility of helping you achieve your educational goals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Oakland University - Bachelors, Business
Graduate Degree: Central Michigan University - Masters, Business
I am an avid musician, and also love gardening, and home improvement.
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will first get to know the student and find out what their past learning experiences were like. I find out what they liked and disliked about classes, and teachers, find out their learning goals, and tailor tutoring sessions according to this.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help a student to become an independent learner by providing them the information they need to arrive at the answer, and constantly challenging them to strive higher.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help a student to stay motivated by monitoring feedback on a regular basis, and adjusting my teaching methods to better serve my student. I also work with the student to see the final outcome before starting the session, to help motivate them.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a concept, the first thing I do is investigate at what stage the difficulty starts. Since every learner is unique, each has a different way of perceiving information. I will then work with the student, trying alternative teaching methods, until I see the student can discover the answer. I will then have then explain back to me how they arrived at it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To help students with reading comprehension, I will first try to identify where their comprehension is. I will then try to help them understand words and meanings of phrases that are not understood. From that point we work from the big picture down; in other words, summarize in their own words what they understand the reading to mean, and go to the details after.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that gathering as much information about the student as possible before tutoring them results in a more positive experience for both the student and myself. I find out about the student's learning style, likes and dislikes of past learning experiences, and tailor the sessions based on that information.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I find if you start with the end result it helps a student gain excitement about what they're learning. I explain to them, and show them how the information they are learning will be of value to them in the future. Sometimes this means looking up bios of people who have learned this information and have done great things in the world, and saying to the student, "Now picture yourself, as this person, with this additional knowledge. How does that feel?"
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I will test the student and have them explain back to me why the answer they chose is correct. I reverse the role and let them be the instructor, so I can see how they are learning the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I use praise for when a student gets an answer correct, and remind them that they can accomplish this. The fact that they are getting tutored will have positive results. I inform them of others who had educational challenges and went on to great accomplishments: Albert Einstein, who reportedly flunked his college entrance exams, and then went to become one of the greatest geniuses of our time.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs through a variety of interviews with the student, and testing.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to the student's needs by initially meeting with the student to find out about their past educational experiences, likes/dislikes of their learning, and finding out what goals they wish to accomplish.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use a variety of books, exercises, the Internet, and interactive educational tools during a tutoring session.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that every learner is a unique individual who requires unique attention to their own way of learning. I try to meet them at that place and provide them a worthwhile, fun learning experience.