I believe every single human being should be able to receive educational help in the most effective way based on their learning style in order to become a successful academician and/or employee.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Gallaudet University - Bachelors, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: Lamar University - Masters, Deaf Education
Mathematics, logic puzzles, strategy games, languages
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I get to know the student, a little bit of what the student's learning style is, and what he/she is trying to achieve in the short-term and long-term with the course or subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can easily help a student become an independent learner by helping the student enhance his/her problem solving and critical thinking skills.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by helping them minimize the difficulties/barriers to be able to successfully grasp concepts they need to learn, and in turn, they'll be motivated to go on.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would use many different approaches/strategies to see which one works the best for the student to grasp new skills or concepts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
If a student is struggling with reading comprehension, I would have the student explain to me what he/she understands from the reading and then expound on what wasn't mentioned from the reading that is important to know.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The following strategies are what I have found to be most successful when I start working with a student: 1) Knowing the objective(s) of what the student wants to learn at the tutoring session, 2) being ready with materials (i.e. whiteboard and markers) to show things visually if needed, and 3) have technology available if needed.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student get excited about and engaged in a subject that they are struggling in by using visual aids and technology so they'll get excited about the subject knowing they'll be better able to understand it.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The techniques I would use to be sure that a student understands the material are many. One technique I use is that I have the student do the next problem once I have shown them how to do a problem in order to see how much understanding the student gained.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence in a subject by quizzing the student and praising him/her if he/she got the right answer.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs based on how much understanding they have pertaining to certain concepts so I know what needs to be reinforced or taught in a different way.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to my student's needs by knowing what learning style the student has and what works best for the student when it comes to technology as well.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I generally have students bring their materials (i.e. papers, textbook, etc.), but I bring a whiteboard along with markers.