In my many years of experience, I have always enjoyed working with children and adults teaching them something new or helping them with a problem and watching them get excited when they begin to understand. I believe in positive feedback and helping students learn to work out problems on their own with guidance so that they get the most out of the experience. I have tutored many different groups of students from elementary to high school and even into the business world, mentoring in control systems engineering. I enjoy them all and I feel lucky to help everyone learn new things. Challenges are a great learning tool and we can tackle them together.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Texas A & M University-College Station - Bachelors, Electrical Engineering
Graduate Degree: University of Houston-Clear Lake - Masters, Business
Watching Tennis and Gymnastics, Reading;walking and working out, going to the theater, roller blading, bike riding
ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning
ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement
ISEE-Upper Level Quantitative Reasoning
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to guide and drive the student to conquer the problem in steps. I do not believe in giving the answer, but solving the problems with different methods. I believe in positively reinforcing the student's accomplishments.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get information on the subject area that the student is working on and let him/her give me examples of typical assignments. Then I would ask if the student has more difficulty with different areas. If not sure, I would suggest a few different examples to assess the student's abilities. After assessment I would work on problem areas, unless the student specified a certain area to work on.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would help by giving the student more tools to solve the problem in difficult areas. I would work with a step-by-step solution as to promote the understanding of the subject area. I would also make sure that the student learns to steps to follow them on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Possibly by trying to use different methods or positively reinforcing that they will learn the problem area.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would determine how to break the concept into smaller/ given pieces that the student does understand so that it will be easier to build up to the new concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would break paragraphs into smaller pieces and talk through each sentence to make sure a detailed understanding is developed.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Trying to get familiar with their study habits and getting a little information about how they feel that they understand when a teacher teaches them. I need to understand some of the background to adjust my tutoring.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would find an interest that the student has and bring it into that subject, such as word problems in math associated with a hobby. This approach can work for many subjects.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask the student to show me the path for the solution, or ask him to work another problem on his own. I would ask return questions to make sure that the understanding is there. These questions will not have yes or no answers.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would build confidence by starting with the building blocks that the student understands and work up to the more complex subject areas. I would make sure that the base is understood and provide positive feedback all the way through.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would ask the student to give me an overview of current assignments and would ask if they know of areas that trouble them. Then I would request them to work some of the different areas so that I can understand where the problems are.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will try to explain and cut the problem or subject into smaller pieces. I will ask questions to verify understanding. I will use pictures if the student does not understand the vocabulary that I am using, or use different methods for finding the answers to a problem.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The textbook the student has so that I can make sure all concepts are included. I will create problems based on the curriculum that the student uses to give a deeper understanding of the subject. Sometimes an additional workbook may help.