There is an art to teaching. Just as there are different art forms there are different ways to teach people any subject. All subjects can be learned if the information is presented 1) simply and 2)clearly.
I love to tutor or teach students and help them gain confidence in the subject matter. I begin tutoring as a result of substitute teaching in school districts when I took time off from an engineering career to travel. I fell in love with teaching. I have tutored bright students and difficult students. Each student has different learning styles and I like to get to know my students so to tailor my teaching to their learning style. There is nothing more satisfying than to see a light bulb moment in a students face. My motto is you cannot fail if you do not quit.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Lamar University - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineer
Volunteer Bible education work, traveling, learning Russian language
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teach so that the child understands according to their learning style
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First get to know the student try to make them feel comfortable and ask them questions about how they feel about the subject, and then let them show me their work.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By building confidence in them in the subject matter that they are studying. I have found that if they make a little progress in something they fail at it boosts their confidence to continue trying until they get it. I keep encouraging them. But building confidence is the key.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Try a different method of teaching or help him see where subject matter is of benefit to them or is tied to his or her interests.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try a different method of teaching. Ask auxiliary questions.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First I need to know if they think in pictures or words. Then see if they know the meanings of the words they are reading. Help them learn to use a dictionary to know what the words mean. Take one sentence at a time to see if they understand, then read the passage again after the assessment.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know them. Use pictures and illustrations of what appeals to their thinking. Use questions and answers.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Show them how the subject will benefit them according to their interest.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Review and repetition at the end of the session. Change the subject and then return to review. Next session, sneak in review if the subject matter changes.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pencil, paper, objects, books, pictures…
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
First build confidence in each part they succeed in. If you are working on a matter and they remember it, then commend them and review throughout.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
First listen to them, then ask them questions about the subject matter. Evaluate them with a small quiz
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Adaptation is based on what I know about the student. If discussion does not work, give them little short remembering queues, draw pictures, or paint mind pictures.