I really enjoy tutoring because it is a way to help others while keeping my own mind sharp. I have been tutoring for three years in a variety of different subjects. Regardless of the subject, I believe that successful learning requires knowledge, confidence and application. Too often I see teachers and tutors only focus on the first aspect of learning and not the latter aspects. In addition to helping students gain the knowledge, confidence, and ability to apply their knowledge, I have a desire for all my students to be able to learn independently. The purpose of a tutor is not for students to be dependent on them but instead learn the skills necessary to be independent from them.
Azusa Pacific University - Bachelors, Physics
What is your teaching philosophy?
Alongside knowledge, confidence and application are necessary for success. Therefore, I believe it is the instructor's duty to focus on all three aspects of learning, and not only the first.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, I like to do introductions and review relevant material to assess what kind of grasp the student has in the course.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping students through the correct process and challenging them to think critically through hard practice problems are great steps towards independence.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By using real world examples, students stay motivated because the material is interesting and relevant to them.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, it is important to change teaching methods and tackle the idea from a different point of view.