Hello! My name is Andrew and I am a student at Sacramento State University majoring in Kinesiology.
I have tutored many students from various age groups for about 2-3 years. Subjects within the category of math and science are what I find most enjoyable. My favorite subject would have to be Anatomy, because the human body always interests me.
I am a very organized person and I am great at discovering different ways to study and tackle a problem. Some things I enjoy doing are playing tennis, going out with friends, sight seeing, going to museums, and enjoying the outdoors when it's not ridiculously hot.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Sacramento - Current Undergrad, Kinesiology
Tennis, hanging out with friends, working out, board games
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Never just give out answers, because it defeats the purpose of learning. Guide the students to the answer using questions. Sometimes they just need a little push so they can solve the problem. Also, never talk down to the students, but talk to them as an equal.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would try to get to know them better by asking what they do for fun, and other general questions. I would allow them to feel comfortable around me so they won't hesitate to ask questions.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Give him or her a goal, or use encouraging words and praise.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would ask him or her where they are stuck and why is it difficult. After I hear their response, then I would find ways to break it down so they can understand.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Find out why they are struggling. Then maybe have them do short summaries of what they read every 5 minutes, and we can increase the time intervals later.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Communicate with them to make sure everyone is on the same page. Also, to not act superior to them, and be patient.