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Dakota

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I love to learn, and I love to help others learn. Each student has their own needs and own way of learning, and I love the challenge of finding the best way to help each one succeed.

Dakota’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Seminole State College - Current Undergrad, Biochemistry

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 33

ACT Math: 28

ACT Reading: 34

ACT Science: 35

Hobbies

Reading, logic puzzles, nature, some sports, music, science

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

ASVAB Prep

English

High School English

High School Writing

Percussion

Pre-Algebra

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Writing and Language

Social Networking

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

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

I would like to get to know the student. Find out what their goals are for themselves and what they expect from me as a tutor. Go over schedules and set up an active strategy for tutoring and practice that fits each student's needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Independent learning varies based on the individual and the subject. However, there are several sources available to students to try and learn independently. Tablets and phones have great apps for self-teaching. YouTube has wonderful tutorials that can help walk you through a tough subject. Reading skills can be improved through the use of context clues and regular dictionaries.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation is unique to each student. Some students need constant motivation to help boost their confidence in a subject. Other students need a more challenging or goal oriented motivation.

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

I will personally find new ways to teach and explain the subject to them until they are confident in their understanding. Everyone learns differently, and it's all a matter of figuring out what method works best for that particular student.

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

I would encourage students to focus on context clues to help understand any words or phrases that they don't understand. It is also important for students to learn what information matters and what information does not. Making notes about the main ideas and concepts of a passage helps to identify the necessary information. Scanning the questions over before reading helps students know what to look for while they're reading.

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

Getting to know them and their learning styles, troubles, strengths, and overall personality. Some students need more support and practice, while others are more independent and just need a slight hand up. Knowing how to approach each student is the best way to help them learn and strive for excellence.

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

This varies with each student. Some students like to associate real-life situations to what they are learning. Some are more goal-oriented, and we can set personal goals and talk about rewarding themselves when they reach that goal.

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

Real world application, hands on learning, video tutorials, flashcards, mini quizzes, having the student try working problems or finishing assignments without help.

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

I would acknowledge their every improvement and remind them that they have made great accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. Positive reinforcement is the best way to build self confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By talking to the student and, if needed, the student's parents or teachers. And after establishing what needs to be done, evaluating the student's current capabilities and learning style.

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

I am aware that there are multiple ways to learn and multiple ways to get to the correct answer. If the way I am teaching is not working, then I will find a new way to teach. Even if it is not how I learned it or how I understand it. All that matters is that the student is learning.

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

This really depends on the subject, but it can include anything from paper, pencils, rulers, calculators, highlighters, markers, stickers, red pens, a timer, a dictionary/thesaurus, iPad, flashcards, and notebooks.

What is your teaching philosophy?

There is not a student out there that cannot learn. It's all about finding out what each student requires to learn. There are several ways to teach any subject and several ways to learn a subject. It's all about figuring out which methods work best for every student.