# Lena

Certified Tutor

## Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: New Jersey Institute of Technology - Bachelors, Applied Mathematics

## Hobbies

Reading, Psychology

## Tutoring Subjects

What is your teaching philosophy?

Each student is different, but they are the same in that criticism may cause them to feel discouraged.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I will ask what the student thinks they need help on. Then I would try to assess the student's math foundation to see if there are other areas that could use some improvement.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will show the student a strategy to solve a problem. The student can apply that strategy when solving that type of question. I will then show some great resources where students can get help.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will keep track of the student's progress to show the student how far he/she has come along and all the topics he/she can now do after coming to tutoring sessions.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would assess where the student needs help on. Math is a subject that is learned progressively, so if a student has a weak spot, then it will show in problem solving. I will explain the topics where the students are weak in and move on from there.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I will ask the student to explain to me what he/she thinks the problem means. I will say to the student, "That's one way to think of it. A better way to think of the problem is..." then I will explain what the problem means.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

When the student and I are working on a problem, we will first understand what the problem is asking, we then break down the problem into smaller pieces and solve each piece individually.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I will show what I know in the subject, and I will encourage the student to learn and apply it. I will cheer the student on when he/she is getting the concept. I will reinforce the idea that anyone can be good at math if they are willing to learn and practice.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I will refer back to what we learned and ask students questions. If a student can answer the question, then he/she understands the material.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I build a student's confidence in a subject by cheering them on when they are doing a good job. I will encourage students to give answers when I know he/she knows how to do a problem. I will also keep track student's progress and show the student how far he/she has come along since beginning of tutoring sessions.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

If a student need reinforcement on prior topics, then we will spend a little time on that. I believe if students have all the building blocks, then this mathematical "building" a.k.a. solving problems will be sturdy and self-sustaining.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I would use the book I used in my classes, materials I found on internet, and internet tutorials.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I assess student's understand on the subject to see if he/she is missing any building blocks, a.k.a. prior mathematical knowledge. If student has a good handle on the building blocks, then we will solve student's current questions; if he/she needs reinforcement, then I will explain those first.