My first tutoring experience was during my high school years when I tutored my classmates before the exams. I was so excited to help them in their struggling area and happy to see them getting better grades. Thanks to my classmates who I tutored! Because that's how I learned how to teach and decided to become a teacher. So, I attended the university and got a double major in Chemistry and Education. I continued my informal teaching career and tutored my classmates during my university years as well.
Right after graduation, my professional teaching career started and I became a high school Chemistry and ESL teacher in Mongolia. I loved my students and they liked me also. Not only I helped the low performing students but also prepared the advanced performers to National and International Chemistry Olympiads. While doing my Master's degree in Chemistry and Education, organizing city-wide science fairs was one of my favorite. I became the Head of Chemistry Teachers and started to train them by organizing professional development sessions, performing chemistry experiments, evaluating their in-class teachings, and preparing curriculum and instructional materials.
Meanwhile, I also enjoyed teaching English as a Second Language and organizing language contests throughout the city. I enjoyed my wonderful nine years in Mongolia a lot...
After moving to United States, I continued my teaching career and organized professional development seminars.
Now, I am helping students in my community as a certified tutor and enjoy teaching!
Marmara University - Bachelors, Chemistry and Education
Mongolian National University - Masters, Chemistry And Education
What is your teaching philosophy?
Go to the world of the student and teach him step by step.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Talk to him/her about the subject and learn what he finds interesting. If possible, I would do a diagnostic test and see what the strengths and weaknesses are.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Give a student a target and motivate him/her to solve the problems.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By helping him on the subject he/she struggles with and giving questions at his/her level. Also, study for a certain purpose; either to get a certain grade or achieve a certain score at a test.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I would find out why the student is having a difficulty and what his/her weakness area is. I would try to make it interesting by going over the subject step by step, solving some subject related puzzles, or doing any other activity.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Have them read aloud and go over each word they have difficulty in reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Explain everything very simply and understandably. If the student can imagine the solution or relate it with an event, it is very easy for them to solve.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
With puzzles, games, activities, or even subject related movies.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask questions, and have him/her explain the answer and give presentations.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By integrating the subject with daily life occurrences, giving level related questions, and having the student explain the solutions.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Pop quizzes, tests, verbal question and answer sessions, and student presentations.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By learning the needs of the student and what the student wants to achieve-- whether it is not to fail the class, get a better grade, or pass a certain test.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pen and paper, books, illustrations, pictures, graphs, and tables.