I am an experienced teacher/tutor that has been working since 1988. I have taught high school mathematics (grades 9-12) and I have also taught college courses at several locations. I have even taught online courses. I have tutored for learning centers and privately. I enjoy the variety of each new day of teaching. I learn from my students as they learn from me.
Undergraduate Degree: Juniata College - Bachelors, Mathematics/Education
Graduate Degree: Millersville University of Pennsylvania - Masters, Mathematics/Education
I like to paint with watercolors. I also enjoy reading novels.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe every individual has unique talents and the ability to learn. Unlocking those talents and abilities is magical. A teacher or tutor needs to pay careful attention to their student(s) to see what is and is not working. The entire student must be addressed, including their mood, their physical state, their personality, and their likes and dislikes.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would need to ask them to tell me their personal history with the subject: How has it been going? Do they like any parts (subtopics) more or less than others? When do they seem to feel overwhelmed or lost? How do they learn best? Listen to their responses and try to act accordingly.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teach them to take notes, to be organized, and use their notes as needed. Help them to come up with memory joggers (ways to remember important information or formulas).
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Remind them of successes I have observed. Also, stress that feeling lost and confused is a big part of learning. It is normal. Remind them that parts of math are just tedious, but they CAN do it.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try first to break it down into smaller pieces. Make sure they understand the vocabulary and basics and build from there. Ask them to tell me what they are thinking as they work. If that is not working, I would try to approach the topic from a new angle.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I have them read slowly to me and I ask them what key words mean to them. I try to refine and fine-tune their understanding of vocabulary and then help them understand the term within the context.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Working slowly, step by step is helpful.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would show them how and when they are successful.