When I was a student I used to find that sometimes studying with friends was better than sitting in class in part because of the style of teaching, but also because sometimes friends could present information in a way which made it clearer. Everyone has different methods by which they learn best. After figuring this out, mastering any subject really just takes working with the material and of course interest or determination. I would love to be able to help individuals master material and figure out what learning style works best for them.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of New Mexico - Bachelors, Psychology
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning is an engagement that is best facilitated first by finding ways to help a student learn the fundamentals, and then by making the work necessary to solidify the information not too mundane and relative to real-world applications.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is a good time to go over the information that we will be studying, and to begin outlining the process for studying the information.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student must engage the information on their own. It is up to an instructor to find the way that the student will be most able to understand, apply, and even enjoy the information which they need to be successful in class and life.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By making the information relevant to the student's success and life. Also, by making the learning process and information interesting, student-centered, useful, and hopefully somewhat fun.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Figure out where there is misunderstanding, why this misunderstanding exists, and then use many examples to make sure the same mistakes are not continued.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would do an evaluation of what aspects of comprehension are proving difficult. After identifying whether it is grammar or structure, I would focus exercises on that type of comprehension. I would also seek out programs or other methods for encouraging the student to do more reading.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would use the student's already established interests and attempt to create questions or use materials which relate in some way to these interests. Disengagement can also be because of a perception of hardship or inability in understanding the material. So, I would do everything possible to help the student understand the material.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Using exercises of varying degrees of difficulty, and applying the information in a wide variety of settings.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
A student must be comfortable with the material in order to have the confidence needed to take on challenging problems. This comes through careful explanation and application of the material.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
If someone is looking to review a subject, the best way to start is by going over the information they are currently working on and focusing on parts of the subject which are significant to their work. If someone is having an issue with learning a particular subject, a general review is helpful in determining how to help an individual best understand the material.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By being attentive to how the student goes about solving problems, and to the questions posed in the process.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The process of tutoring and learning is centered upon the student and their understanding of a subject. There are many ways to go about working on a subject. There are also many ways to explain the easiest way to understand the associated material. By being aware of the challenges faced in the process of mastering a subject, lessons can be put into terms that make it easier for particular students to understand.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
If materials are not provided by the student, I will research the available material and the main topics within the subject. In addition to exercises which highlight the main topics, I also focus on specific areas where the student is having trouble.