Tutoring is of great interest to me because I have seen first-hand how much it can help a student. When I was in high school, I took the ACT my first time, and did decently, nothing special. However, after some tutoring by my English teacher at the time, I improved my score greatly and was very thankful to have the mentor that I did. This experience showed me the potential value of a good teacher, and is what inspired me to be a tutor now.
Undergraduate Degree: Saint Louis University-Main Campus - Current Undergrad, Accounting
Football, Basketball, Statistics, Education
What is your teaching philosophy?
I would like to be a teacher that conveys the importance of learning the concept and the behind a problem. Memorization can be a useful skill, but not when doing Mathematics or logic-based tests like the ACT or SAT.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know the student and what their needs are, and adjust my teaching accordingly. The areas students need help in vary, from motivation to test-taking strategies, or just learning the material. Thus, it is important to first learn exactly what the student needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would advise my student on how I would approach the problem and show them how to work efficiently. This will increase their motivation since they won't be wasting time with useless information.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I feel the best way to help a student stay motivated would be to help them understand their strengths and weaknesses so they know how to use their skills effectively, without getting discouraged.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When encountering difficulty, I have found it is best to step back and look at the basics and try to understand the logic of what is going on behind a concept. This would help the student's confidence and would help in potentially learning the new, more difficult concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
The most important aspect of reading comprehension is practice. Wading through useless information and figuring out what is truly needed can help a student take the next step. This is what I would attempt with a student struggling with reading comprehension.