I believe the key to teaching others is patience, motivation and encouragement. Anyone who is willing to learn is able to overcome any difficulties they have in a subject with some help. I have always loved to teach other people, ever since I was in high school. In my hometown, I built amazing relationships with the families I did tutor and it is always great to see them from time to time. For me, the most rewarding thing to see is someone finally understand a concept they have been struggling with for so long. Tutoring is something I have always loved and have done for the past 6 years.
Right now, I am attending college in Atlanta and I have come to love the city. I am aspiring to become a doctor so I have focused on the sciences but other than school, I volunteer at a free clinic, explore the city, hike and spend any free time I have trying to discover new music.
Emory University - Current Undergrad, Biology B.S.
ACT Composite: 33
ACT English: 33
ACT Math: 36
ACT Reading: 31
ACT Science: 30
SAT Math: 730
SAT Verbal: 720
SAT Writing: 720
AP Biology: 4
AP Calculus AB: 4
AP Physics B: 5
AP English Literature: 4
AP English Language: 5
AP US History: 4
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800
SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1: 730
SAT Subject Test in Physics: 710
SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 700
AP Macroeconomics: 5
AP Microeconomics: 5
AP U.S. Government & Politics: 5
AP Psychology: 5
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What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to be patient. Everyone can learn no matter what level they are at. All they need is time and effort.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session with a student will be giving them a set of problems to do him or herself. Afterwards, I can see which areas they struggle and excel in and then we can focus on certain aspects of a subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The key is doing practice problems by themselves and asking them to check it over before handing it to me. If they get a question wrong, I won't explicitly say what exactly they did wrong, but instead make them figure out what error they made.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
A student will stay motivated as long as you constantly give attention to them during the session. I really break down the lesson at first and constantly ask them questions to make sure they get the big concepts. Afterward, I complete problems with them in case they are still not sure. It's only after that where they do independent problems, so they know they can do them without me.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Usually I go back to the basic fundamentals about that skill or concept to make sure they understand the foundation of it. Then, as I am explaining it, I give them problems on the subject and explain how it is related.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most successful strategy I use is letting them do a few problems by themselves. That way I can see what they are struggling on as well as how they approach different questions. From there, I adjust my teaching style to best accommodate the student's specific needs.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I found that the best way to get a student excited and engaged in a subject is starting off a little easier than what they are struggling on. Many times, the student is disinterested because they don't understand it and have given up. I have learned that once they start to understand it, they become more engaged. I usually try to relate it back to their hobbies and interests if possible so they can make real life applications to what they are learning.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The best way to be sure a student understands the material is allowing them to complete problems by themselves. This way, they know that they don't need a tutor when they are taking a test or in class and I would know if they still don't completely understand a concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
It is important to slow down during reading comprehension. Many students rush through passages. A main technique I implement is highlighting key words while reading and constantly asking questions. After a certain amount of reading, I make sure that they comprehend rather than just reading it out loud.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I believe that constant reassurance and encouragement in necessary. If they are unconfident, it’s easy to build it by starting off with easier concepts and building them up in complexity as the session goes on.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
In the first session, I have the student complete some practice problems, or a reading by themselves. This gives a good indicator of what they are struggling in.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student is different in my experience. So after evaluating how they work and what they excel/struggle in, I work on some problems with the student. As they are completing a problem, I ask why they are doing each step. It takes a session to see how the student's mind works and sometimes it either works best by a tutor giving a lecture on the information, by practice problems or by walking through each question together.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I prefer the student having some kind of workbook or textbook because each school's subjects have different standards or information. Practice problems are very essential in my sessions. I ask what concepts we would be working on and bring a set of problems with me. Other than that, I bring my own notes that I have on the subjects. I also bring plenty of scrap paper so we can write out key ideas.