I believe teaching is among the most noble and fulfilling professions. As someone who came to the United States from India being immersed in a culture and language once entirely foreign to me, I know something about transition. It has been the influence of passionate educators in my life that has delivered me from poverty and revealed my purpose. I began my education in the US speaking cursory English, at best, and aspired to become valedictorian of my high school class and attend Eastern Kentucky University as a recipient of the esteemed Presidential Scholarship. After finishing my undergraduate education in Bachelors of Arts in Middle School Education I began my career at Danville Bate Middle School teaching sixth grade mathematics. As a teacher, I reveled in that which I had to teach my students. I did not foresee that which my students had to teach me. The last five years I have been teaching at a Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. When I made the move from middle school to the community college, I thought it would be a big transition for me as an educator. But I quickly found out that community college students were not anymore different than my middle school students, they are just as needy as my former middle school students. My experience was invaluable and helped me to hone my teaching style to accommodate a diverse array of students equally varying in learning styles. Now, after many years of learning, sharing, and experiencing, the time has come for me to teach the lessons I have learned that have so greatly impacted my life.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Kentucky University - Bachelors, Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education
Graduate Degree: Eastern Kentucky University - Masters, MAED Mathematics and Statistics
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe every students learn differently; therefore, one must be flexible to use strategies that will help student understand difficult concepts.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session with a student, I would administer a pre-test to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
As a tutor, I will provide in-depth instruction with many application level problems, which will help the student make connections with the real world.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It is important to set expectation from the start--that in order to turn our weakness into strength require time, effort, and hard work.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I believe I have a unique ability to break concepts down to very minute pieces, which will help the student better understand difficult concepts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
For a student struggling with reading comprehension, I will help identify key terms and help define it in our own words.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I will primarily use lecture as a means of delivering instruction, but will implement technology, such as a graphing calculator and online resources from time to time.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
It is important that a tutor knows how to make his/her student get excited about the content by making a real-world connections. Students are able to retain material better if they can relate it to their daily life.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I will use entrance/exit slips during my tutoring session to determine whether the student understood the material that I just presented.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
We are a creature that likes to be praised, and I will make sure I do encourage and praise the student throughout the session.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I will determine the student's needs through a pre-test. It will help identify what areas the student may be struggling and need extra help in.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
As a tutor, you have to be flexible and versatile to be able to provide instruction in many different areas. I believe my background in middle school and community college will help me adapt to any student's needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I do have variety of resources, such as textbooks and workbooks for the elementary, middle, high school, as well as the post-secondary students.