My passion for human anatomy and physiology was born when I was in high school and was due in major part to a teacher I had. Most of my decisions about my future were based upon both my love of learning and specifically about learning all I could about how the "greatest machine ever built" works. I also know that this particle subject matter can be a daunting proposition for many to learn, but I have been told by many of my former students that my passion is contagious. I am an experienced teacher who has taught anatomy, physiology, pathology & medical terminology to a wide variety of students. I taught at a massage therapy school for the last 8 years. The students I worked with varied in age and background. I excepted the challenge readily. My goal is always to bring these topics alive.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I have always felt that teaching is a 50/50 proposition between teacher and student. I always strive to do all I can to bring my lesson to life. I will use as many different approaches that I can think of to do this. All I ever ask in return is for the learner to give their all as well. It is a partnership.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first thing I would do is access how much experience the student has in the subject, the best way they learn (audio, visual, kinesthetic, etc.), and to compare that with their study habits. We would also discuss and set goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Once we identify the student's learning style, I can set up a game plan for how to maximize the use of those skills
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The best way to stay motivated is my not only setting a big goal, but also, smaller goals that can be achieved along the way to the big goal. Positive reinforcement is a very good motivator
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break it down into smaller parts. Usually something got missed along the way that made the overall concept difficult to see.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading, like any skill, requires practice to improve,
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The best way to be sure you understand something is to teach it themselves. If they can explain it to me, then I know they have it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Smaller goals tend to bring early success, which builds confidence
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would evaluate them both quantitatively and qualitatively. This can be done but looking at grades they already received, testing that I give them and a general discussion about where they think they are struggling.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I try to use a lot of real life analogies, pictures and diagrams depending upon their individual learning style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pre-assigned reading, question and answer sessions, real life analogies or stories, lots of pictures, diagrams. I try to bring as many senses into the process that I can.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I have been told by many that my passion is contagious. Aside from that, success can breed excitement. Setting achievable goals can give confidence which will increase engagement.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Access the individual's strength and weakness is the best place to start. Then tailoring the lesson to the individual learning style.