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I am currently an electrical engineering student pursuing a Bachelor's at Temple University. I enjoy tutoring in math- my secret is to find what my pupil is most interested in and use that subject to teach. In other words, if you like cars I will find a way to teach you math using car metaphors. This approach has been very successful among my peers. I also enjoy reading/writing and am happy to help improve the comprehension and composition skills of others.

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Carolyn’s Qualifications

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Undergraduate Degree: Temple University - Current Undergrad, Electrical Engineering


Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Documentaries/Research, Piano, Guitar, Disc Golf, Video Games

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What is your teaching philosophy?

People learn best when they make a personal connection to the material. I like to find what the student is most interested in and use that subject to teach them other subjects. For example, if you like music, I'll find a way to tutor you in math using musical metaphors.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Asses the student's current knowledge, learning goals, and interests/hobbies- this is to help prepare a tutoring curriculum tailored to the student's needs. Once the above is established, I would immediately begin working on the subject at hand (may or may not occur during first session, time permitting).

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Helping students to gain interest in a subject based on their own individual interests gives the student a new tool for relating to future information. Inasmuch, learning how to make a personal connection with subject material will help students become independent learners.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would break the skill or concept down into the smallest possible pieces and address those pieces in a logical order. As noted in previous questions, I strive to create a personal connection between the student and the material, which helps overcome difficulties due particularly to boredom/lack of interest.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

When it comes to word problems in math, I would help the student practice discerning pertinent information from irrelevant information (will vary from student to student). When it comes to literature, I would help the student learn to diagram sentences so that complicated sentences seem more simple. In both cases, I help the student learn to simplify the information presented so it's easier to comprehend.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I test students in straight-forward ways to ensure they understand the material. For math, I let the student solve problems to show me they understand. For writing, I give the student a task to complete (i.e. diagram sentences, fix grammar/spelling, write a paragraph/essay).

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

To build confidence, I start small and increase the challenge. When a student is accustomed to facing mountains, the hill looks like a piece of cake.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I talk to the student to understand personal challenges they may be facing when it comes to understanding the material. I also test the student's current understanding to know what they must do to meet learning objectives.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I adapt to each student's tutoring needs by getting to know the student and their particular learning style. Everyone is a different mix of audio, visual, and tactile learning. I like to find out how the student thinks they best learn and figure out a tailored approach from there.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation comes from a self-invested interest in progress. To bolster motivation, I help the student develop a personal connection to the material, which in turn makes the student even more excited to move on to the next goal.

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