We all have the potential to gain knowledge; the hard part is converting that potential into kinetic. My goal is to helps students convert their learning potential into working, active knowledge that will not only help them pass the course test, but thrive at the test of life.
Undergraduate Degree: Ohio University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Exercise Physiology
Graduate Degree: Palmer College of Chiropractic-Florida Campus - PHD, Doctor of Chiropractic
What is your teaching philosophy?
I don't like to hand feed answers to the students; more is gained through self-discovery with guidance.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out more about their weaknesses and strengths with the subject/topic. We can then focus on improving what is lacking and reinforce what is already known.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help express that first understanding the "big idea" of learning a subject opens up the opportunity to learn more independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Let them understand that the "light at the end of the tunnel" is a lot closer than they realize. If you just focus on that dot of light in the tunnel, you might forget that you are on a speeding train that will reach the exit soon enough.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Find out a little more about their personality; likes/dislikes, strengths/weaknesses, so I can better tailor-make their teaching plan.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
You first have to make it fun. Most of the time if you are struggling over a subject, fun has left the room a long time ago, so you have to find ways to motivate through fun activities.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
At first, a little bit of all the techniques; visual, verbal, physical, etc., to find out which technique the student learns best at. Once you master the subject well enough with that one specific technique, you can then pepper in a few of the others to really solidify that the student understands the material from all angles.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
First, reinforce the aspects of the subject that the student understands and has a grasp of. More and more, include topic points that build off those and also challenge them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Interactive materials for the most part. Reading the book is a big part of it, but putting that book to "work" gains greater understanding.