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No two people are alike and no two people learn alike. Ten people can look at a situation from ten different angles and still come to the same conclusion. The same should be recognized when it comes to teaching and not every student learns the same way. In order to be an effective teacher, you should always be prepared to empathize with how someone is confident approaching a problem and do your best to adjust the teaching method to accommodate the student.

I am confident in my ability to convey information however need be via analogies, visual guides, or any other format that can help someone learn to enjoy learning and be confident in their ability to problem solve in any field of learning!

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Michael’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Stony Brook University - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies

Biking, exercising, video games

Tutoring Subjects


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to encourage out of the box thinking in the way I teach and the way people view the world. Not everyone will see a problem the same way another person will, so learning how to attack and explain a concept from all angles greatly boosts our chances of success in learning.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

The first session is all about identifying areas of improvement by pinpointing weaknesses in how someone is misunderstanding a problem or concept. In that time, if we are able to encourage a sense of excitement about the topic, I feel it helps the enthusiasm to learn that much more.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Learning to enjoy learning itself can be difficult, but should be encouraged when teaching. If you're unhappy with a topic you don't understand, you'll have a much harder time learning it than before. If we can find ways to make learning enjoyable, such as personal satisfaction in solving a problem, it will make the process of independence that much more prevalent.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Excitement and encouragement during problem solving helps people keep motivation going through tough concepts. Body language and words that convey the idea that you're excited for their success helps keep that fire alive. Keep smiling and keep up the joy of learning.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Many times the "accepted" approach is not the best way to convey a topic, so branching outside of the box and learning to tackle a problem from different angles can be the solution. Maybe creating props or visual aids or designing analogies to help them understand are all ways to approach a problem in different ways to help different learning modalities.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

My specialties are in mathematics, but reading comprehension in word problems can be just as important. Step by step guidance in learning how to withdraw information from a problem or sentence can be the most effective method, no matter how many or few words there are.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Identifying how a student learns is the biggest tool to use in achieving success. Whether they do better with visual learning, repetition, analogies, pattern recognition, or any other form of learning, it is vital to see how you can make connections with the topics they're trying to learn

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Finding ways to make connections to things that they enjoy, or showing them how they can apply the topics they learn into everyday life or their futures will definitely help to boost interest. Taking the time to get to know a student and find out what they enjoy outside of the work can help you make connections to the work itself.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

"If you cannot explain it simply, then you don't understand it well enough. " -Albert Einstein I feel this statement is accurate in my understanding of what it means to teach, but also in a student's ability to demonstrate understanding of a topic. Once I feel a student has grasped a topic, I encourage them to demonstrate that knowledge by solving problems or answering questions for me as though I was the student, and help them fill in their gaps of understanding.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Repeating results helps solidify confidence in my opinion. Going from struggling with a problem to solving it in record time comparatively helps boost self-assurance of understanding a problem. Positive reinforcement when they're able to repeat positive results rewards positive influence in how they perceive learning and appreciation for a topic.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

No matter the topics, running a student through a variety of introductory problems can help identify weaknesses in problem solving. Once these are identified, we will make a step by step plan on how to consistently close these gaps in their understanding of a topic so as to bolster confidence and boost solving speed in future problems.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

No two people learn alike. With every student, you have to look and listen to everything they're saying and doing to read what they're thinking and what they're saying via body language. Learning to identify and quell frustrations can go a long way in maintaining confidence through problem solving. I try my best to keep on top of what they're saying both audibly and visually to truly understand how they're feeling and what they're trying to achieve in the learning process.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I feel hands-on learning is the best way to learn. I try to put as much control in the student's hands as possible to work through the problems, while ensuring I keep an eye on where and when to step in to help correct mistakes that may be coming up or have been made. Also, helping students to identify their own mistakes can help them understand their own learning process.


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