I've been involved in mentoring and tutoring since 2007. I've worked with students of all levels. I've learned a lot from helping students. More importantly, they've learned a lot working with me and gained confidence to work toward continued success. I am confident I can help you as well.
Think of me as your assistant and guide as you master concepts in a given topic. Together we will explore concepts that you find challenging and repeatedly solve problems related to the concept to increase your familiarity. Let's get started.
Undergraduate Degree: East Texas Baptist University - Bachelors, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: CUNY Queens College - Current Grad Student, Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
A gentle nudge in the right direction is usually the best way to help students learn. In my experience, students tend to retain information better when they are a part of coming up with the solution.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I usually like the student to tell me what they'd like to accomplish and by when.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I try to walk the student through the process I go through to solve a problem.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The easiest way to stay motivated is to divide the task at hand into smaller chunks that are more easily manageable. This allows us to make progress and stay on goal.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I try to listen to the student explain the concept to me, and try to fill in where they might get stuck or off track.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I like to ask the student questions. I want the student to feel like they're part of discovering the solution. I find it helpful to ask simple questions with part of the text and let them identify the answer.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find it effective to let them start with an example of what they would like to accomplish and sort of step back from there.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
We get excited/engaged when we make successes (even if they're small victories). So setting up smaller milestones that increase chances of success is a good tactic.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I'd ask a similar but slightly different question.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask a few questions to see where we are and where we want to be. I would like to set up milestones to set us up for success.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
It helps a student's confidence to work problems so I'd try to get the student to progressively handle more difficult questions to build up their confidence.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I'd focus on basics or skip basics and go straight to more advanced concepts based on the student's comfort level.