I believe the most effective thing a tutor can do for their students is give them learning tools that they can use both right now and next semester. I want to help you get your homework done today, but I also want to give you strategies you can use on your next project or in your next class.
I graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BA in Linguistics, Minor in Spanish, TESOL certification, and awards in Liberal Arts. When I help a student, my favorite moment is when a concept "clicks" for them. In my spare time I enjoy trying new recipes, social dancing, and listening to audio books and NPR.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at Arlington - Bachelors, Linguistics
Cooking, Dancing, Gardening, Reading
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe the best way to teach is to be a facilitator, rather than a lecturer. I like to pose a question or present a problem to students, and then guide them as they discuss possible solutions, rather than talk at them. I like my students to be actively solving problems or employing learning strategies, because then they are personally invested in their own learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session I like to talk with a student to determine their goals, both for long-term learning and for our session.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Giving students learning tools and strategies and teaching them to apply them on their own is one of my main focuses as a tutor.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would rephrase the explanation or give a different example to see if that better suits the student's learning style.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would encourage the student to do some fun reading (at an appropriate level) in their free time, and also work with them to teach them some comprehension strategies such as looking at context and summarizing texts.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
To help a student get engaged with a subject I like to find a way to relate the subject to his or her own life or interests. For example, if the student was working on reading and was a football fan, I would have them read an article about a recent game. Or if we were working on fractions in math, then we might talk about what fraction of the team are quarterbacks.