I have taught in California, Illinois, and Virginia. I have worked in the high school classroom for twenty years and junior college level for four years. My area of teaching experience is in Mathematics.
I hold Bachelor of Arts degrees in Math and Psychology. My Master is in Public Administration and I am all but dissertation for a PhD in Public Policy and Administration.
My teaching philosophy is simple: everyone learns in their own way. It is my job to discover that way and to use it to help all students learn.
Education is important to me. I have always struggled with academics, but I never let anything stop me from getting my education. I am of the mind that 99% of success is determination, the last 1% is strategy and knowledge.
Anyone and everyone can learn. You just have to give it your best shot.
Humboldt State University - Bachelors, Mathematics/Psychology
South University-Savannah - Masters, Public Administration
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every person should be allowed to learn in a manner that suits them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'd discuss the current knowledge base and get to know the needs of the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By helping them discover how they learn best.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I try to find topics that will link the lessons to personal interests of the student.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break it into smaller pieces and use the student's learning method to help them understand the skill or concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I try to help the student understand the meaning of the words and how they come together in a sentence to form ideas.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Asking questions about answers they have completed. That way, I can learn about how they think about problems.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I'd find something that interests the student that can be applied in the subject matter.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Probing questions: present a problem and have the student explain or show me their logic in solving the problem.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By discussing how they learn. How do they approach something? Where do they start?
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I have a knack for understanding how someone thinks. I can usually discover the learning style of a student within one session.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use the subject matter from the courses the student is taking and any additional information I can find on the web. Sometimes, with math, I use my techniques I have developed over 20 years of teaching.