I would describe myself as happy, upbeat and zealous for life. I am excited about the present and the future and therefore typically in a good mood and motivated for life. I have over ten years of teaching experience where most of it has been in Beijing, China. I have been tutoring students privately primarily in math and science. My undergraduate degree is in Electrical Engineering. My Master's Degree is in International Education.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Minnesota State University - Bachelors, Electrical Engineering B.S.
Graduate Degree: Framingham State University - Masters, Masters Degree in International Education
Sports, fishing, hunting and travel.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My educational philosophy in brief is to engage students in an educational, fun and disciplined learning environment that liberates students to gain knowledge and skills to be used throughout their lives. I believe in differentiating instruction to meet the students learning level, learning style and abilities.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First sessions are important to assess the student, what they need to learn, what their foundation is and what do they need to improve upon. It may include a diagnostic test. I do try to reassure my students and to comfort them during the initial session.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I always push students to increase their independence by directing them to attempt to answer problems themselves with my assistance in the background. Thus, students truly learn more effectively and are able to score better in their classes and on their exams.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The great advantage of being a very experienced teacher is that I know multiple ways to solve problems. Thus, I can use multiple approaches to help a student who is struggling to learn a skill or concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I approach this problem like other problems. I find other ways to teach them. I try to ascertain their problem, and then try to design a teaching approach that will enable their success.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Probably the most important strategy is a student-centered approach. I direct the student towards solving problems, while requiring the optimum amount of their effort so they can more effectively learn the subject and solve problems.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Helping a student get excited or engaged in a subject is not real difficult. Typically, when they are struggling in a subject they don’t understand it ,and they lack confidence. So I show them clearly and concisely about the subject so they feel more comfortable. Then I seek to build up their confidence through practice.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I certainly assess a student's knowledge at the beginning and conclusion of classes. I do that by doing quick previews and reviews of the materials.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Practice is a great way to build confidence in a student. As a tutor, I can often see more clearly the student’s advancement, so I make sure to communicate how they are improving so they can increase in confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Typically, I evaluate students by questioning, observing, and testing them. Often it's as simple as asking them a question of what their needs are.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt to the needs of my students by observing what they are, building a plan, and then implementing that plan.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Typically, I use a laptop, iPod, Wi-Fi, calculator, books, and any other necessary equipment to do the job sufficiently.