Since I was in the 4th grade, I've wanted to be a teacher. Once I became a teacher, I realized it wasn't what I thought it would be. But I still have a thirst for educating. So I became a tutor to quench that thirst. This means I am here for you or your student in the most passionate and compassionate way possible. I'm not here simply for a paycheck. My goals is to help those who need it in the most beneficial and constructive way possible.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Idaho - Bachelors, Education
Fishing, camping, outdoors, gaming, playing with kids.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in the Love and Logic philosophy created by Jim Fay and Foster Cline.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First things first: I can't teach someone I don't know. Getting to know a student before diving into a lesson will help me to understand a student's individual learning style and needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
All students are independent learners whether they know it or not. A teacher can only teach a subject or principle. The learner must take the information they have been given and try it out for themselves. Learning comes from practice and repetition. I can feel and see when a student "gets it." Once we hit that milestone together, practice, practice, practice will solidify a concept in the mind of the student.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation comes from within. What brings that motivation out varies depending on the learner. Bringing something home and helping a student relate to it is the only way to facilitate motivation. We all like things that relate to us.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
This depends entirely on the learner and the topic. But in general, varying the approach to the topic is the best way to ensure the concept clicks for the student. This might be done through relating the topic to something personal for the student, comparing the concept to something similar the student has already mastered, or simply allowing the student to mull the skill over until he or she finally finds that aha moment.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Students who struggle with reading often have a difficult time with any/all subjects. Providing tips such as using context clues, vocabulary practice, and exploring reading material in parts rather than as a whole are all excellent ways for a struggling reader to better understand the material.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Step 1: Get to know the student. What makes him/her tick? What are his/her interests, dislikes, frustrations, successes, etc.? Step 2: Discover already mastered skills. Step 3: Relate material to the student on a personal level while building from previously mastered skills. Most important step: practice, practice, practice.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Everything boils down to one profound statement: we like what we know. A student who is disengaged from a subject generally struggles to see how that subject relates to him or her in the real world. Making that connection and allowing the student to ponder that connection helps him or her relate to and therefore get excited about the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to reaffirm learned concepts by bringing them up in later sessions in natural ways. I will often do this by providing practice materials to the student, but I've found that the best way to do this is to simply bring it up in conversation while bridging that subject with another skill.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
A student's confidence relies solely on the shoulders of his or her success. This means that the only way to build confidence in a subject area is to help the student to achieve success in that area. This means that once a student has had the aha moment, the skill needs to be practiced, practiced, practiced.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I've found that simple conversation is the easiest way to assess what a student needs. If he or she needs something, giving them the time and option to talk about it will generally make those needs boil to the surface.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each student is different, and each student has his or her own unique set of needs. Knowing the student on a level higher than just tutor/tutee is the only way to address individual needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Since most of my experience with teaching and tutoring has involved teaching writing skills, a paper and pencil/pen are generally my tools of the trade; however, (depending on the subject) any type of practice material such as worksheets or bubble graphs are beneficial and central to my core philosophy of practice, practice, practice.