I believe in life-long learning. This expression is used all the time, so it's on me to prove it. I have spent nearly 20 years in college-level courses, either part- or full-time.
I've been tutoring for about 20 years, as well, all levels from middle-school to post-graduate, depending on the subject matter. I DO like to teach, and it's bliss when the thing a student most needs to know is also a thing I know very, very well. There are few experiences that can make me sleep better at night.
Most of the subjects I have tutored are in math, but I also enjoy physics, social media, Web design, and Rhetoric (this last I have taught in the classroom for eight years - it involves persuasive communication via speaking and writing).
When I teach, I would really like to see students DO what we're talking about, or even TEACH IT BACK TO ME and to others. Once you teach, that's pretty convincing evidence that you have learned.
I think that's why I am teaching all the time. I mean, I know that whenever we are around young people we are teaching whether we know it or not. And since I also know that to teach is evidence that we have learned, I want to exercise that skill all the time.
That is how I use social media most of the time, as a matter of fact, and that's what I love about social media. But I also have interests that I will use social media to discuss: Cleveland sports, food and restaurants, movies, science fiction and comics, and pro wrestling. But even when I talk about personal interests, I consider that a potential teaching opportunity.
I look forward to working with you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Akron Main Campus - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering
Graduate Degree: University of Akron Main Campus - Masters, Mechanical Engineering
My hobbies include: reading/writing sci-fi/GEEK chic Food/cooking/restaurants Movies Cleveland sports Pro wrestling
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Answering the questions is OK, but building student confidence is more important.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out where the student has been having difficulty, and then find out why the difficulty is there.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Show the student how to solve a problem or two, then guide the student through another, and then watch the student do the next.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Nothing beats encouragement. Students really respond to a simple "You can do it!" - especially once they see they can.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try to isolate the source of the difficulty, but also work on something else to give that student a taste of success.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
In the early going I would probably have to read along. There's likely to be limited time to work with.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Again, encouragement is huge.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
When I can, I show how I used that subject and what came from it. They always ask "how do you use this in real life?"
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The homework is a good start, but it's worth following it up with summarizing what was learned from the homework. That seldom matches what the book says they should've learned.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Again, encouragement is the key ingredient.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
The first thing is to ask; the second is to observe. Many students need something beyond the problem solving.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I keep a stack of blank paper on hand. A sketch will work wonders.