# Allison

Certified Tutor

Undergraduate Degree: Purdue University - Bachelors, Atmospheric Sciences

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10th Grade Math

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

1st Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Math

Algebra 3/4

College Math

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

Handwriting

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Painting

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

Before the first lesson I will try to find out about the student and what problems are occurring so that I can prepare correctly. To start the lesson I will get to know the student after introducing myself. The key will be to encourage a positive mindset to make sure the setting is comfortable.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by encouraging them to begin the practice problems and I will step in at any point. I will also encourage independence by having the student go through practice problems between sessions. Ideally this will help the student gain more time management skills and confidence in themselves.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I work to help the student acquire the elements of knowledge through experience and continue to adapt my methods to meet each student’s level of comprehension.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

After assessing their knowledge, it is most important that the student feels comfortable asking questions, or admitting if they don't understand the process, and knowing I'm there to repeat the instructions until they understand. I try to make the process of learning simple and basic. What follows that is hopefully comprehension.

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

I would find out what aspect of the concept the student does not understand and then focus on explaining it in a different way. In math specifically, repeating the process or formula is imperative.

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

I find it interesting that even in math, reading comprehension is important. Students have to understand the formulas, the symbols, the processes. It is a repetitive learning process -- the numbers used to get the answer have to be understood.

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

I have found that when I start working with a student, I first have to understand what ways the student learns. Then I work with them to see what they already know, to build the platform of knowledge that supports the new material they are learning.

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

I would help a student get engaged by having the student attempt easier problems that they're struggling with and then walk them through the parts that are harder. I would focus on encouraging the student to not get frustrated or feel pressured; to build upon their knowledge. Math is a ladder of learning, a step-by-step from the basics upwards toward more complicated applications at each level.

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

For each concept I would ask interactive questions such as why did you do that step? What do you think is next? Where do the numbers fit into the formula to get to the answer?

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

By giving them a problem to solve centered on each topic and see where the issues arise. With math, it's repetitive usage of numbers that fit in exact formulas. As I work with the student, I would continue to evaluate the student's learning behavior, like how they focus on the task at hand; are they motivated to learn?

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

I adapt my tutoring to the student’s needs by having plenty of practice problems and examples prepared of ways to explain them in different ways. Then the key is deciding how much or how little detail I have to use to get them to understand the math problems.

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

I would use a pencil, paper, and the student's book. I will also use books of my own from previous classes, if they are applicable.