As a Physical Geographer, my interests are in hydrology, geomorphology, ecology, and their interactions with humans. All of which use differential equations to model the environment. I studied engineering as well so I have extensive knowledge of math and its application.
I tutor by first getting to know the student so that I can relate problems to their lives. The one on one relationship is effective because tutoring can be catered to the student in order to develop their independent thinking.
CU Boulder - Bachelors, Geography
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in the Socratic method where I ask questions to encourage critical thinking.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Look over the class schedule and develop a plan.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I might point out an illogical conclusion or a question without a yes or no answer. I want them to voice their opinion.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
We can use games, fast paced drills, and multimedia.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I could have them make a story map or give me a summary.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that most students are upset and tense when they are stuck and confused. So, stepping back and taking a deep breath can help to get focused.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would make clear, attainable goals, and we could work out an award system. Also, tracking progress allows the student to see that they are getting better.