I currently have an associates degree in math and science. Math has always been my favorite subject simply because it always clicked for me. I have tutored many different types of students at the college I attended and I have been active in tutoring since finishing school. I enjoy helping students tackle the obstacles that are in front of them and build confidence. It is rewarding to aid people as they progress throughout their academic career.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Housatonic Community College - Associates, Math and Science
In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar, watching sports, and exercising.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Practice is the key to becoming independent.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Good results will always motivate you to want more good results.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I can explain the concept in a way that they will understand and be able to truly grasp.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I only deal with tutoring math, but when it comes to word problems, figuring out what to do is the hardest part. Once you get past that, the work is the easy part of the problem.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Sometimes I like to do a simple problem on a piece of paper really neatly. This helps to illustrate the procedure that is most effective and easiest to learn. I don't want the student to be creating more work for him/her self.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Getting a good grade and conquering something that is a difficult challenge is an exciting feeling. So I will do my best to make that happen.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Practice problems are so helpful. You can see what concepts that have down and which ones they need to work on. Practicing is the best way to learn in my opinion.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Enabling students to complete tasks on their own is a great source of confidence for the students.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Listening to their questions and identifying the things they need to work on is key.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student is different, so it depends on the situation. Being patient with them is always an important part of helping them learn.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Doing problems by hand is the most effective way of teaching in my opinion. This way I can explain each step and address any issues that come up during the process.