Helping people to understand material they are struggling with is something I have always been passionate about. It all started in my home in New Jersey, when I would help my younger brother and sister with their homework. This passion of my has not wained, as I am currently a tutor at Providence College. I am a senior Biology student, who has been tutoring both mathematics and biology for the past two years. An ideal tutoring session for me all begins with building a bond with the student. Becoming friendly and keeping the tutoring session light keeps the student more engaged. In addition, I am very compassionate and patient, qualities I believe are necessary to be a successful tutor. The past two years of tutoring have enhanced my communication skills and have taught me what it takes to have a successful tutoring session.
After graduation, I will be attending NYU College of Dentistry. On the Dental Admissions Test, I scored an Academic Average of 23 (98th percentile). The help I received while studying for the exam taught me many test taking and studying strategies that helped me greatly. A tutoring session should not be limited to the material being discussed, rather it should extend to teaching strategies that help the student approach novel problems in the future.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Providence College - Current Undergrad, Biology, General
My favorite hobbies are to play sports with my friends. I have played lacrosse, soccer, tennis and other sports all throughout my life. In addition, I have a very strong interest in becoming an Orthodontist in the future, so I will be attending dental school in the fall.
10th Grade Math
DAT Perceptual Ability
DAT Quantitative Reasoning
DAT Reading Comprehension
DAT Survey of the Natural Sciences
High School Biology
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to try to keep the mood light and fun. Learning difficult information is hard enough, so making the environment more fun makes the whole experience more enjoyable. In addition, I believe that when the mood is light that students are more attentive and retain more information.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Typically in a first session I like to begin by getting to know the person. I like to know where the person is coming from, what their favorite hobbies are etc. Building a good rapport with a student sets the tutoring session up for success.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Becoming an independent learner is all based on organization and study skills. I think I can help someone to become an independent learner by teaching them how to better organize their notes, how they should be studying, and other studying tips that have helped me over the years.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think the best way to help a student stay motivated is by showing them the newfound success that they are having with materially that they were previously struggling with. By showing them that they are now succeeding, I believe students will respond positively.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is struggling with a particular concept there are a few ways to combat the problem. First of all, if the problem can be related to a real world example then it often makes the student more likely to understand the problem. My favorite way normally is to try to break the problem into the smallest parts possible. I like to try to be very methodical and go through the problem step by step, making sure that the student is following along. If they get lost at a particular step, then I know that that is where I need to focus on.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The best way to be most successful is to become friendly with the student. From past experiences, I have found that the students I work best with are the students who I am most friendly with. These students are more likely to pay attention to what I am saying, but they are also more likely to ask questions when they are confused. Many students are intimidated in tutoring sessions, so they will not ask questions if they have them. Forming a good connection with the students allows them to feel more comfortable and willing to ask questions.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The ultimate test to be sure a student understands the material is to put the pencil is their hand. Give them a particular problem and see if they are able to solve it on their own. Then I would watch over them as they move through the problem and if they get stuck, guide them in the right direction. The result of struggling through a problem with guidance allows the student to truly understand the material they are working on.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By always being positive with them. I usually like to go through a few problems on my own and explain it to the student. Following this, I allow them to solve similar problems. When they are successful in solving the problems, giving them compliments and telling them how well they did aids in building their confidence on the material.