Hello! My name is Emmanuel. I graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines (Top Engineering School). I recently founded a Multimedia Engineering Consulting Firm and I am a Professional Athlete (CFL Football Player).
The reason I chose to be a Varsity Tutor was because of the freedom, flexibility and ability to help others. When I studied engineering I went through many obstacles from understanding concepts to understanding language. I know a big reason for my success was that I had tutors who helped me overcome those obstacles.
So now that I have accomplished my academic goals I would love to help someone else accomplish theirs! The subject that I enjoy tutoring the most is Mathematics and would consider myself proficient.
As a tutor I will find out what you are having difficulty understanding and initially approach the problem by breaking it down in literal terminology. Then I will ask questions and visually demonstrate the problem. I will help guide you through the problem step-by- step. We will also review a similar example problem so that I can share my approach to solving it.
The individuals who truly made a difference in my academic career were the ones who had the patience to guide me through all my problems. I would love to do the same for someone else!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Colorado School of Mines - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The individuals who truly made a difference in my academic career were the ones who had the patience to guide me through all my problems. My goal would be to do the same.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, I would learn about the student. We would discuss their strengths and weakness, which would allow us to have a base to begin from.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would teach them my strategies, such as how to use the textbook efficiently, how to utilize notes, and using videos when resources might be slim to none.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would keep things light, fun, and interactive. The motivation comes when you understand why you are studying!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If we are having trouble we will relax. Take a breather and then find a creative way to re-approach it. Write it down, draw a picture, talk about it, or watch a video!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Read slower, then review what we read. We would then compare what we each understood, share our understanding, and then learn how to pinpoint key words to summarize things.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Have fun, be relaxed, and find a good pace to study and learn at! You don't need to have any extra stress. You are already determined to learn, so let's make the process a little bit easier for you!
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would make a song out of it since they help people relax. We would also find different markers and colors to represent whatever problem they are having, and we could use interactive objects to demonstrate the problem.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
We would review the problem, and then I would have them write down the steps they used to approach that type of problem. We would then look at a similar problem and discuss how they would approach it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Believe in them, and help them realize they can do it if they set their mind to it! Breath, relax, and re-approach the problem from a new perspective.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
At the beginning, we will discuss their strengths and weaknesses. After establishing a base we would grow and build from there.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I find out about them. I find out who they are, what they enjoy to do, and find out how I can relate to them. We can establish common ground so that they know I understand where they are coming from.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I would use my laptop, the internet, my graphing calculator, and any necessary books or notes according to the subject that they need help in. If the student was younger, I may bring more supplies to interact with them, such as colored pencils or markers.