I'm an individual that believes students can improve and achieve more by just looking at problems differently.
I like to demonstrate how critical thinking methods apply to every subject and situation. Unfortunately schools don't seem to focus on critical thinking to the level I believe would be beneficial.
When it comes to standardized tests, my approach is to teach the student as many tips, tricks, and techniques as possible to increase their score.
We all have the ability to do better, and we can all improve.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Kansas State University - Bachelors, Psychology
ACT English: 31
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I'm an individual that believes students can improve and achieve more by just looking at problems differently. When I tutor, I try to show a student the many angles at which a problem might be approached; this gives them more options to score correctly than they imagined.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student can be a more independent learner by realizing there are multiple approaches to solving a problem. Once they understand that, it is like they have multiple "helpers" helping to solve the problem.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To keep a student motivated, I would try to keep that student engaged. To do so, I would hold back tips, tricks, and techniques to be sprinkled into lessons, keeping them fresh.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would try and learn the student's style and where they believe the roadblocks are in order to get an idea of where to start.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Learning their style so that I can show them other methods.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Sometimes it helps to rephrase the passage being read. That helps the student get a new perspective and sometimes better comprehension.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By pulling back the curtain.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Quizzes, self (student) explanation - where the student becomes the teacher.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Slowly, one step at a time. We hit on something that makes sense, and then build from there.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
First, just ask. Then talk to them about the subject and what they think of it. After that, go over some material and observe where some sticking points are.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Try to understand the student and their personality, what motivates them, whether they are competitive or not, whether they are internal or external, etc.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on what the session is about.