I believe that any student has the ability to succeed if given the right tools. I aim not to guarantee an A but to guarantee an increase in a students grade and quality of work by giving them the tools they need to succeed. To me it's more important for the student to realize they are capable of doing the work more than simply doing the work for them. It makes them better students in the long term.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Sacramento - Current Undergrad, English
Film, Writing, Debate, Board Games, Card games, Video Games
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
To give students the tools they need to succeed and guide them along the path to greater knowledge.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Typically a quick writing sample to address any issues with structure, argumentation, and/or grammar and spelling.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By giving them the tools they need to succeed on their own. Rather than point out a flaw, I prefer to explain the concept and then let the student identify the problem on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I've found a good way to keep a student motivated is to turn learning into a game.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Approach the skill or concept from a different angle, using analogies and metaphors to explain the skill or concept in easier to grasp terms.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By going one paragraph at a time and then asking what that paragraph means and how does it relate back to the rest of the article/book/paper.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategies I have found most successful are the ones that boost student confidence without simply giving them the answers.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By turning it into a game. Turning an otherwise dreary subject into something fun can remove the stress from learning and make the student more willing to dive in.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I have found that short writing samples are the best way to make sure a student understands the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By allowing them to put the pieces together themselves with gentle guidance along the way.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
A short assessment during the first session.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By discovering their weakest areas first and then solely building those up.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Notebooks, pens, pencils and a laptop.