Presenting a concept slightly differently can make all the difference. I have learned this through tutoring many of my friends, the majority of which just needed a slight change of phrasing. As a senior in college, I have acquired many techniques over my near 16 years of schooling. I have honed in on the skills that work well in studying, and I have utilized those to help not just myself, but many others as well. I hope to share some of these techniques with you because with them, any subject, even the scariest of them, become possible to master.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Temple University - Bachelors, Psychology
ACT Composite: 30
SAT Math: 800
SAT Writing: 700
Foreign languages, traveling, sports, and hanging out with my two dogs.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Wording something slightly differently can make all the difference.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
It's important to get to know the student, learn what the issue is, and find out how his/her teacher presents that information so I do not make the mistake of teaching it in the same manner.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student needs to find out how he/she truly masters a concept. This may be through flashcards, reading about it, or even through small association tricks.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It's important to start with small successes and work up from there. If the issue is speaking Spanish in complex sentences, I would have the student work with smaller sentences, and then slowly increase the size of them so the student experiences tiny successes along the way.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would analyze how the concept is being taught, and then teach it in a different way. For example, if the primary method of learning is reading the textbook, I might have the student make flashcards instead.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
The key is to break down the text. Reading a full paragraph of a complex and arcane text is almost never a good idea. It's important to break it down sentence-by-sentence and work from there.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I need to gauge how motivated the student is. Motivation is key in success, and I have to figure out whether I need to help boost that motivation before beginning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Succeeding in anything gives someone a boost of confident and excitement. I would provide problems that I know the student can solve, creating some excitement, and then I would slowly work up from there.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would construct, or find, practice questions that, if answered correctly, are a good indicator of how well the student has grasped the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Success, success, success. I would have the student answer problems I know they can answer correctly in order to bring out their confidence, and then I would work from there.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I begin broadly, having the student answer basic questions from the key topics in the subject. I then gauge each topic individually.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I figure out how that student learns best, and then I make myself teach in a way that caters to that.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
For Spanish, I typically use the document editor, which allows me to both type out sentences and draw. For mathematics, I utilize the math board, which has a variety of tools, including a graphing calculator.