I am from Chicago, Illinois but now live in Buffalo, New York. I am current freshman Civil Engineering major with a double minor in Mathematics and Spanish at the University of Delaware. I love to travel, learn, play sports, and help people. I have tutored for almost 4 years now and can definitely help anyone who needs it, especially in Math and Spanish.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Delaware - Current Undergrad, Civil Engineering
Mathematics, Spanish, sports, learning, teaching, comedy,
10th Grade Math
11th Grade Math
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1st Grade Math
2nd Grade Math
3rd Grade Math
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5th Grade Math
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ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep
ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep
ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep
CLEP College Algebra
CLEP College Mathematics
COMPASS Mathematics Prep
Elementary School Math
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics
HSPT Math Prep
IB Mathematical Studies
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is based off what the tutee needs help with. I am a very flexible person and can adapt to any style that someone wants. Overall, I believe that as a teacher, my philosophy is to be insightful and to go at whatever pace the tutee wants to be able to get him/her to fully understand the material.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I would most likely spend some time to really know the student, as well as the student to get to know me. I would then ask the student what his/her end goal is, and then my goal becomes to get them to that goal.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by building up their confidence to a point where they know the material inside and out. Whether it is through practice problems or through having the student take the role of the tutor and explain in detail their thinking to a certain question/answer, I believe that I can help guide the student on the right track.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help the student stay motivated by offering rewards for their hard work and by giving a small amount of homework to increase the amount of learning that they do. I always like to think towards the future and if I tell a student that it will all be worth it and all of your hard work will pay off, they usually stay motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I will try to teach it in a different way, or I will continue to try to explain it until the student grasps it. Usually this is done through practice problems. However, what I will not do is move on from a topic unless both myself and the student are 100% sure that they understand it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by monitoring their reading habits and trying to help them in terms of thinking while they are reading. Usually this means starting with simple readings and then asking questions about it.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategies that I have found to be most successful when starting to work with a student are, firstly, introducing ourselves so we get to know each other, then talking about how a typical session will work and then diving straight in to helping the student learn a particular subject. I always start by asking the student what their short term and long term goals are, and then basing my tutoring off of that.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student get excited and engaged with a subject they are struggling in by trying to take that subject and apply it to real world applications. This usually makes the student more intrigued by the topic. I also work even harder to get the student to be engaged in the topic; that way when they do get engaged and start to understand the material it's even more satisfying for the student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Techniques that I would use to be sure that a student understands the material are short homework assignments, as well as giving the student a chance to "become the tutor" and explain to me how they got a certain answer, so that I as the tutor can see their thought process and can judge from that whether or not they truly understand the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I help build a student's confidence in a subject by talking over the subject with them, and slowly add on information. I've noticed that students who struggle in certain subjects know more material than they think they do, and by having them talk it over with me, they sometimes realize that they have the ability to understand the subject, but just need the guidance to build up their confidence, which is what my job is. Also, the easiest way to build a student's confidence is to see them succeed, so by giving them a short quiz or just a couple problems during the tutoring session and seeing themselves get the questions right, they usually start believing in themselves more.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring style to the student's needs based on me getting to know them and see where they are in a subject. If I see that the student is pretty good at a subject and just needs a little help on certain things, I can adjust to go more into details of topics as opposed to giving general ideas of topics. I am a very adaptable person and can adjust to however the student would like.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically use a pen/pencil and paper. Especially with math, I feel that both myself and the student will learn much more by actually writing down the material and the questions as opposed to me just saying it to them. I will also have a laptop since there may be things needed on it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by paying attention to their thought process, attention span, need and drive to learn, and attitude, and then I help the student in the ways that I believe they need help, as this hopefully makes them not only a better learner and makes them more knowledgeable on the subject, but also makes them a better person in life in general.