I am a community college professor. My desire to teach was fully developed before I completed my first semester as a student and never diminished thereafter. To me teaching is more than a profession; my passion in life is sharing my knowledge with curious minds.
Wayne State University - Bachelors, Biology
Wayne State University - Masters, Biology
What is your teaching philosophy?
I arouse a student's curiosity by asking question(s).
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would do that by telling the student what rewards are waiting for him/ her, both tangible and intangible, should he / she succeed in his/ her studies.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would not give up. I would alter or switch into a different approach to tackle the problem.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
There are several courses designed specifically for such students. I am certain that one or more of them will help the student overcome that obstacle.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Real life examples never fail to grab a student’s attention. In science, examples abound where students can actually relate them to their own lives.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
There are fun crossword puzzles in various subjects. I would challenge a student to take one with me.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I use variety of techniques. Writing on a board, drawing, PowerPoints, charts, graphs, speaking and engaging. The key is variety in presentation.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would do that by telling the student I struggled at the beginning too, but look at me now. If I can do it, you can do it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Assessment is the key.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am pretty flexible in my teaching style. Some students are more visual than other. With those I use more charts and graphs. Others are more analytical. With those I use more PowerPoint slides.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Writing pads, laptops, and props if available.