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Brian

I have a background in physics and mathematics, with additional focuses in Japanese, computer science, and economics. I have also worked previously as a public school teacher and graduate teaching assistant. I hope to help you with your subject concerns.

Undergraduate Degree:

Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus - Bachelors, Applied Physics/Asian Studies

Graduate Degree:

University of Nevada-Las Vegas - Masters, Curriculum and Instruction - Physical Science 7-12

Japanese Language and Culture, Ballroom Dance (certified rhythm instructor), Borderlands

Business

College Business

College Economics

Foreign Language

High School Business

High School Economics

Homework Support

IB Chemistry

IB Physics

Macroeconomics

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

The first thing to do in a primary session with a student is to identify what they are concerned with learning and why they are seeking the help of a tutor.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The biggest goal in education to create an independent learner, who is merely someone who knows HOW to learn something on their own. To create such a passion in a person, it is required you give them the abilities to critically assess their learning process and provide critiques on attempted methods of study.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Encouragement is the greatest thing to provide any student. Telling a student that it is okay to struggle with a problem, and that when they need help, they can come find you, always encourages them to try. Reaching out and showing that you acknowledge their hard work will keep many students going.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I'd try to identify with the student why they are having trouble with the skill or concept, and then construct activities and practices that utilize their abilities and allow both the tutor and student to determine what concept shift needs to occur.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

The most successful strategies when you start working with a student are to create lists of goals, agreed actions and rules for study; then, go over ways to improve both attention and retention of materials during lessons that have proven effective in the past for that student.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Using a variety of assessment methods is most useful for determining the level of understanding that the student has attained. This means using multiple choice, true/false, essays, activities, critiques, and performances to determine a wide array of ability comfort.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

The only way to truly build confidence in a subject is to attempt practices and activities on your own and find yourself correct and successful.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

The best ways to evaluate a student's needs are to talk to them and give them a practice test to assess their current levels (must include various assessment types).

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I typically have found myself teaching science and mathematics in the past, so I found student created word maps, virtual lab activities, essays, and lab practicals can be the most helpful.

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy revolves around the idea of reconceptualism, which is the idea that current educational paradigms are not fully aligned with the needs of students. This means that I focus on student-centered and student-driven educational goals.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Many times students struggle with reading comprehension due to a lack of reading strategies, word lexicon, or root-word understandings. The most important thing is to then determine what the student needs the most help with, and then build on their abilities from there.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

The biggest thing to help stay motivated is reminding yourself of why you are taking the course and seeking the additional help. This inner reason is what is going to help drive you through even the most difficult subject.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Based on what a student's preferred learning methods are, there is a variety of resources online that can be useful; like study groups with fellow students or in person meetings for those who work best through interaction, additional reading for those who learn best through literature, and examples and modeling for those who work best through active engagement are just a few cases of adaptations.