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I am a NYS Certified Teaching Assistant with a passion for helping students to be successful academically as well as socially. I have taught in classrooms as well as facilitated academic based programs. I find the best way to work with a student is to figure out how they learn and help them to understand the material a way that makes sense to them.

I have a very kind, easy going, funny personality but most of all I am dedicated and no matter what happens I tell my students that if they work with me they will succeed. Nothing is impossible when you try and work hard

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Matthew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: SUNY College at Oneonta - Bachelors, Child and Family Studies

Hobbies

Biking, Volunteering, Design, Gaming

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

High School English

Homework Support

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

Math

Other

Reading

Special Education

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

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

Talk to them and get to know them. Also, be very kind, open minded, enthusiastic, etc. That first meeting is a test on you, on them, etc. It's about getting to know the student and building their confidence.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I provide strategies they can use and I prompt more than assist. I'm not going to do the work for them but I WILL help them to understand how to do the work for themselves. If the student does not understand then I will demo the material for them. Do a guided instruction. Once that's complete and they seem onboard, I let them try on their own and I check afterwards.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

It depends on the student. If they're losing focus after an extended period of time, then I will break up the session and pace out the work for them. If it's about frustration, then I will work with them to help them to understand the material. Break it down, make it relatable, and make it so it's less overwhelming.

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

Find another way to teach it. Not every student learns the same way; some are more visual, some are kinesthetic; really it's about finding a way to make the material relatable. Using different materials, different methods, etc. I'm usually big on adapting to different learning styles.

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

Reading comprehension is tough. However, it comes down to breaking down the material and summarizing so we understand what's going on. For reading, we go page by page, piece by piece. For reading response, we go paragraph by paragraph, summarizing.

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

Confidence and a good personality. You're both a little nervous, and they need to feel comfortable working with you and be able to trust in you, especially when it comes to the difficult parts. I am very kind, enthusiastic, and open minded, so I find that positive energy really helps.

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

Make it relatable. People hate STEM, especially Math & Science. However, there is purpose to Math and to Science. It just has to be relatable. Even reading; it has to be something the student is interested in and it has to be understandable to them.

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

Ask questions, prompt and see what answers you get. That's the first step. After that, I allow for independent work, which I then check on and review with them. We also use other examples and test their understanding with different scenarios.

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

By making it relatable. Helping them to build an understanding and relationship to the material. Whether it's counting coins, retelling with books, measurement or even understanding a science experiment, students have to be able to relate to the material.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Looking at their work and talking with them. Any and all interactions are assessments unto themselves. When you read with a student you get a sense of what they understand and don't. When you do math with a student you get a sense of how well they comprehend the skills being put forth. When you discuss history you get a sense for how well they understand its relationship to modern times. Also, talking with the parents, and if the teacher would like to share anything I would be happy to look at that as well. I also look at their behavior. If they are losing focus after a certain amount of time that indicates something. If they come in half asleep to every session that's an indicator. Every interaction yields information.

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

I tutor to the student's needs. I would initially approach any situation from my own experienced perspective. However, I am very open minded, and if my primary method is not working, then I’m going to adapt. If counting on your fingers doesn't work then we use other materials. Just as long as they don't take off their shoes and socks to count past 10...

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

Pencils, scrap paper, and markers if necessary. Whatever materials I have around me are also tools. Books, papers, etc.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Anyone can learn if they're willing to. I'm willing to work with any student as long as they're willing to try and to learn. Also, "Every Behavior is Communication" Everything a student does is a means of expression, both positive and negative and they want to be heard!!


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