As a tutor, I cater to the student. I mold the lessons to how the student learns, meaning the way the student learns best. I personalize the lesson plan instead of trying to mold the student to the lesson plan. I strive to make it fun and creative and work to keep the student engaged. I think learning can be fun, the trick is just finding the right way to do it.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rochester Institute of Technology - Bachelors, Marketing
kayaking, pottery, trail running, hiking, graphics, reading
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teach to the student. Find the way they learn the material best and adapt the lesson to them. Make it fun and engaging, and they will want to learn.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Before I start tutoring the student, I would find out what they wanted to work on or what they were having trouble with. When I meet them, I would introduce myself and either do a short assessment to find out how they learn best or go over what they wanted out of the tutoring. Then, we'd start going over concepts and start seeing which ways are the most engaging to them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
You can help them become an independent learner by teaching concepts, not answers to problems. This means making sure they understand the steps involved with the concept. Then, going over different problems to make sure they understand the concept, and then they would be able to do other problems on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
You keep the students motivated by finding the way they learn best and trying different problems or challenges on the same subject so they don't get bored. You also try to find a way to make the lesson fun and engaging.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I try to access what level they are reading at, and then read short paragraphs and answer questions, such as the main idea, summarizing, and making predictions or other comprehension questions. I would make sure I started the reading short, and then got into longer, more complex stories.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I try different methods to see what is the most interesting to them. I might do a board game or a computer game depending on time and interest. I try to keep each one short, and then try a new game. Also, maybe we will take a break and try to work on something else. Sometimes, they just need to leave that problem for a little while.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I use different computer assessments and also have them explain the concept to me. I also give them different problems, ranging in difficulty to see if there are any gaps. I also try to have them make their own problem, and then we solve it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I give them lots of encouragement and positivity, and I make sure to start simple and build up so the first problem seems easy. Then, I make them feel it is easy and go up from there.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I will give them different computer assessments, talk to them and the parents and then see what the trouble is.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will try to different lessons to see how they learn best, and then make lessons using this method. I try to repeat the concept in different ways so they don't get bored.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use different manipulatives, that they can hold, see, and move, that explain the concept. I also will use computer apps and games to have it make more sense to them.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find it is best to get to know them a little at first and form a relationship. Go at their pace, and do not try to push them to finish or go faster than they can. Also, give them mental breaks if they seem to be getting tired or frustrated. It is important to form a connection with them. They are more likely to try if they feel like you are listening to them.