I want to help students of all ages become confident in learning. I want to make learning fun and enjoyable for everyone.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California University of Pennsylvania - Bachelors, Meteorology and Geology
Meteorology, Geology, Oceanography, Climatology, Astronomy, Sports, Photography, Cooking, Outdoor Rec., Music, Traveling, Being with friends and family, Pets/animals
Elementary School Science
High School Chemistry
High School Physics
Mac Basic Computer Skills
Middle School Science
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first introduce myself. I would try and get to know the student. I want to know what they like and dislike so I can tailor learning to them. If they can relate to what you are teaching, they will enjoy learning.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
At first you have to walk them through problems step by step. As they get familiar with what is being taught, you can instruct and help them to do it on their own. Once they have done that a few times, it will be easier to break down a problem step by step with minimal help.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
You take a few steps back. You find out where they are having a problem. You work on that area until they understand it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Sometimes it is hard to comprehend what you are reading the first time you read something. I would encourage them to re-read it. If comprehension is still a problem, you can write down notes. Us the notes to help study for an exam.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Make that subject relatable to them and what they like. If they can see it in everyday life, real-world examples, they will be more willing to learn it.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Having them do problems on their own. Then go over each problem with them so they can see if they made mistakes. I would have them do a problem for me. I would see if they could turn around and teach me how to do a problem.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
You encourage them. Positive feedback boosts everyone; it doesn't matter what subject. If they get a problem wrong, you can show them where they got it wrong in a positive way.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Getting to know them. You can find a lot about a student by just asking questions. Find out their favorite subjects, or which subjects they dislike. You ask them to show you what they are doing in school. You can find out how they are struggling and go from there.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
A tutor has to be able to adapt to their students. Not everyone learns the same way. Some are visual learners. Some just need to read a subject and they understand it. Some needs to talk about it. You have to be able to do whatever is needed to help the student.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I want to make learning fun and enjoyable. Learning doesn't have to be boring. It can open up a world of information.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Books, journals, visual aids, music, and hands-on projects.