I love tutoring for the joy of helping others succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. I've been told I have a very calming and effective tutoring style, and I really enjoy being able to give students a clear understanding of their material. I recently graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Applied Physics, and I just started working as an Operations Specialist at Bird in Santa Monica. Please feel free to get in contact with me if you have any questions, and I won't stop working until I'm able to help you succeed.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Illinois Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Science, Applied Physics
Playing racquetball, reading science fiction, running cross country, and long distance hiking.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Tutoring is the process of bringing together two students, two students who are working together to develop a mutual understanding of material. Whether one student has never seen the material, and one has worked with it all of his life, by working together you further advance the knowledge of both parties.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would start a session by getting to know the student. Find out what classes they're taking, what their skills are, what they want to work on, what they hope to learn out of working with me, and any preferences they have. Afterwards, I would conduct a session as normal, finding out what teaching styles they're comfortable with, and doing all I can to help the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire" -William Butler Yeats By working closely with a student, I'll be able to figure out what interests them, and what motivates them to work. Teaching a student how to learn is infinitely more valuable than filling them with information, and can be done by teaching them how to access different resources, and how to rely on your own intellect in order to develop solutions that you trust.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Curiosity is one of the strongest driving factors that can motivate a student. By helping a student not only discover subjects that they find interesting, but also by teaching them how to conquer these subjects independently, I'd be creating not only a motivated student, but a person that knows how to apply themselves.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Familiarity is the key to solving any problem. By practicing a number of skills or concepts, learning all the different ways the problems can be asked, and by teaching all of the methods and tricks to solve certain problems, my students will find themselves becoming teachers to others before too long.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Perfect practice makes perfect. By ensuring that the student practices, and learns from me when they do well and when they need to be corrected, a student can slowly but surely develop the skills necessary to overcome your struggles in reading comprehension. The next most important thing for me to do is to ensure the student doesn't become disheartened or frustrated. With motivation and visible progress, a student will be properly driven towards their own success.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Everybody has a different style of solving problems. By learning how the student learns, I can develop different strategies to help the student get the most out of our tutoring sessions.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By showing a student the progress they've made already I can help a student become more excited with learning a subject. By having the student try to teach me or teach others, they will become more engaged in the actual material of the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The fastest way to learn is by teaching. By asking my students to explain the material to myself or another, they will find themselves understanding some of the problems that they themselves used to find difficult.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence is really the key to learning. When a student knows that they're capable of learning something, they may stumble, but they will never fail to learn to the best of their ability. By working through problems independently of myself, students will learn to depend on themselves, and once a student is self-dependent, they will have endless confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By observing a student as they work through material, I will be capable of observing where they need help and what they need to work on.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
As a firm believer in the informal teaching style, a good teacher will start with the basics: working through problems with a student. Past that, students may need certain things as learning formulas, conquering specific concepts, or even embracing more difficult subjects with confidence.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
From subject to subject, the specific variety of material I would use varies. However, each subject has its own type of formula sheet, whether that be equations, practice problems, or tips and tricks. In addition to a "formula sheet", any textbook or source where the student can find a wealth of knowledge are also necessary if the student is striving to learn to become an independent learner.