I'm a firm believer in the idea that no matter what the endeavor, the more you know the better it gets! We'll take it step by step to clarify the tricky bits and forge ahead to meet your goals.
From academic subjects to outdoor skills, I have found that helping students explore new subjects and make their own discoveries in learning is a consistently enriching part of life, and experience has taught me that the more engaging that experience can be, the better the results. Working together we'll not only gain new knowledge, but we'll also build the skills needed to make sure the learning never stops!
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
There are many ways to learn successfully, but the more engaged the process, the better the results. Together we'll make sure to cover each small step so that it makes sense. From there I'll help guide you to your own discoveries so that you can build a successful understanding of the subject as a whole.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
When getting started, we'll take a look at where you are, and where you want to go. I'll be your guide as we build strategies that fit your style and challenge you to create a successful path to understanding!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Thinking is learning! I'm here to help with what I know and to make sure you've got the information you need. With that as our foundation we'll seek out opportunities for you to explore and make your own discoveries so that what you learn belongs to you!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By creating well-defined goals, we can see where we're going, how to get there, and appreciate how far we've come. When we keep that view in mind, we make learning a journey that we want to keep taking.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Obstacles are inevitable. Fortunately, they are also opportunities to experience a series of successes. When we encounter a tough idea, we can most often break it down into smaller pieces that make sense, then work on seeing how they fit together to create the bigger picture. When a small step is itself difficult it's time to get creative. Is the idea analogous to something else we can understand? If we come from the other direction will it make sense? There's a path to understanding to everybody -- all we have to do is find it!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know a student's personality, abilities and motivations goes a long way towards choosing which approach and techniques will be most successful!
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I believe that success is a huge motivator. If you can find little hurdles to overcome, no matter how small, and celebrate that progress as the student's success (which it certainly is), you can build a lot of momentum!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Providing opportunities to demonstrate new concepts in novel contexts allows students to demonstrate that they have gained true understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence can spring from success. Recognizing and demonstrating progress with new ideas can provide a wealth of evidence that there's a lot to be confident about!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Engaging students in discussion and asking elaborative questions -- activities that require solid processing of material -- are often good ways to evaluate which concepts are well understood and where there may be gaps in understanding.