I am a person who loves to learn and to explain what I know to other people. I graduated from college recently with a degree in philosophy and hope to be on my way to graduate school within a year or two. In the meantime, I want to learn how to better my teaching ability through tutoring.
I believe in self-betterment, so I can appreciate when someone takes their time to find a tutor. Whether you are struggling in a certain class or want to understand a subject better, I would love to help!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Marist College - Bachelors, Philosophy
Writing, reading, guitar, soccer, video games, travel, hiking
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy on teaching is that it is important for the teacher to understand the student's perspective in order to make an impact on his/her learning. I as a teacher need to learn where my student is having trouble and strengthen them in that area. It is also important for the student to gain a concept of the subject as a whole, especially in writing where an entire work must cohere with itself. Teaching the student to understand concepts such as "good writing" and "flow" will help the student recognize his own errors and improve.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would be focused on learning about the student. Learning the student's strengths and weaknesses is the most important to know how to proceed. Is the student unmotivated, missing the concept, struggling with mechanics, or making other errors? Then, we can work on what the student needs most.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by helping develop a love of learning and good work. I became a better writer not only by drilling the comma rules into my head, but by reading great authors and understanding why what I was learning and practicing was important. I think there can often be a disconnect between what we practice and what we can achieve, which prevents learning. Students become unmotivated because they don't understand that practice develops into mastery.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
How I would help a student to stay motivated varies based on the type of student. Some students will be motivated by praising their good work. Other students may need more structure to stay motivated. Setting goals is a great way to make sure that a student is staying on track. When a student is reaching his/her goals, he will be motivated by his progress. If not, the student will either be motivated to reach his own goals or will have to reevaluate his/her goals.