As I finish my Masters in Higher Education, I look forward to assisting students in writing and brushing up on skills necessary for placement testing. My passion lies in advising and helping young (and older) adults learn.
Undergraduate Degree: Ball State University - Bachelors, Graphic Design
Graduate Degree: Central Washington University - Current Grad Student, Higher Education
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What is your teaching philosophy?
Each student is an individual. Each processes information in a different way. I will assess what I can of an individual’s learning style, discuss their question/issue and help them arrive at an answer.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself. Ask them to introduce themselves. I may ask what their question at that time, and in the process of resolving their question - get to know a little more about them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I enjoy pointing out how many resources are online in any point in a student’s academic journey. Knowing how to access the material using keywords and other helps can be learned. Learning to be still and focus - especially in reading assignments can give a student confidence that they may learn anything.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Rewards and outcomes. The idea that the student is working toward something helps them re-focus on the material they are struggling with.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
My difficulty is in algebra concepts. What worked was in breaking each part down into a manageable size. No matter how small. In writing a paper, writing just one small sentence at a time can take the overwhelming feeling out of it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Have them find a keyword in a sentence or paragraph. Ask them to analyze it and determine how it fits into the potential meaning of the paragraph. If that one does not work - move on to another. Until the reading has been analyzed. Then ask what they feel that it means.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Jumping right in and asking what their difficulty is. Once they have told me, I can begin to work with them to guide them into figuring it out.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Most subjects will have an aspect to them - history, reading, writing, geography, science which is engaging. There will almost always be something online which will provide an article or video on the subject that shows its potential use or shows others who are excited about it. My struggle in algebra was resolved by determining that each problem solved put me one step closer to becoming done with it. Sometimes you just have to get through it.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Using conversation about the subject matter after an answer was found. I would want to make sure that the student was not simply echoing my words back to me. Asking the right questions would help.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By assisting them in building their confidence in the subject. Confidence is about them learning to find their answers.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
In conversation with them, they may make a statement such as I hate science, or I don't get math. Chances are that they may need more help than they are originally asking for.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Asking and listening to the response. I can be flexible - but they are coming to me for help.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The textbook, paper - because sometimes I sketch thing out, consulting the internet - wisely.