The world is not going to end if you do not get a perfect score. A perfect score should simply be a goal to strive towards.
I believe in making mistakes. The best way to learn is to correct and review mistakes. This ensures that fewer and fewer errors are made in subsequent performances. Practice and discipline will lead to perfection.
Those that do not learn from their mistakes are destined to repeat them.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Gannon University - Bachelor in Arts, Law and Political Science
Undergraduate Degree: CUNY LaGuardia Community College - Associate in Arts, Biology, General
ACT Composite: 31
ACT English: 33
ACT Math: 30
ACT Reading: 34
Movies, Books, and Comics. I love anything Disney, Marvel/DC, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
It's okay to make mistakes. The best students learn from their mistakes. Those that do not are destined to repeat them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Have the student take a diagnostic test or assignment prior to the session. During the first session, answers will be reviewed and explained. Then a plan based upon strengths and weaknesses will be made for future sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By ensuring that the student learns and appreciates self-discipline. Students that practice and study on their own will eventually learn discipline.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By allowing them to make and accept mistakes. Their academic future does not depend on a getting a perfect score on the first try. Instead, realistic goals and settings will be made with the student's consent.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Asking them what they know and do not know. Their knowledge will provide a foundation by which a lesson can be given. Then a simple, step-by-step explanation will be provided. To review and ensure retention, the student will then be asked to teach the skill or the concept to the tutor acting as the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Practice. Practice. Practice. The best way to improve reading skills is to do just that. Read every day. Reading parts of a book, scholarly articles, or anything that interests them every day helps. Any vocabulary that is foreign should be written down in an index card or journal and then looked up and reviewed.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Building a connection and establishing realistic goals. Students will only learn if they are interested. Friendship is not a requirement, but being sincere, honest, and kind is. And a shared set of goals will keep both parties accountable and motivated.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By attempting to show how that subject can be applied to their life. Students tend to struggle with subjects that intimidate or cause fear in them. We usually fear what we do not connect to understand. So, building a connection to the subject matter can help to better engage them.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Focus on what you do not know then on what you do know. Make mistakes. Learn from those mistakes. And then review those mistakes. Repeat until there is no knowledge that needs to be focused on.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By first ensuring that the student is comfortable with who they are. The wisest people are fully aware of what they do and do not know. Then, students can focus more on the subject and less on being intimidated by it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By establishing a list of strengths and weaknesses from diagnostic assessments. Sometimes new needs or areas of weakness may arise during sessions. It is important to take the time to be flexible and go over these weaknesses in addition to following the initial list.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student is different. Every student has their own strengths in learning style. It is important to be able to apply a set of techniques to all students. Yet it is equally, if not more, important to find and apply new ways based upon their learning style. So flexibility is a must.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Review books and guides that the student is comfortable with. A student should also be challenged, so review guides that are stages higher than the learning level will also be used.