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It's very rewarding to see somebody learn new skills and grow with your help. I began by helping out my teammates get good grades so that they could compete, then I realized I had a lot of fun doing it. Tutoring is a great way for students to get extra practice in, while getting a break from the classroom setting. Having a mentor by your side can give you a huge boost of confidence, and that is what I am here to do.

I am a volunteer wrestling coach at LVWC at Lehigh University and Peak Performance at Freedom High School. I enjoy piano and love listening to Bach, Pachelbel, and Mozart. I graduated from Parkland High School and am currently a full-time student.

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Michael’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Lehigh Carbon Community College - Current Undergrad, Business Administration and Management

Test Scores

SAT Math: 750

Hobbies

Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Piano, Hiking, Running.

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

Algebra

Algebra 2

Business

Business Calculus

Calculus

College Economics

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

Geometry

High School Business

High School Economics

High School English

High School Writing

Macroeconomics

Math

Microeconomics

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

PSAT Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

TEAS Prep

Test Prep

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in giving students the confidence to pursue success in academics, and eliminating the fear of failure. Believe, and you're already halfway there. Doubt will crush you; belief will lift you up. Sometimes a student will not be able to keep up the same pace, but he can always go the same direction. As long as they stay on course, they will reach their goals.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Establish his or her personal goals, and help them create some if needed. I will encourage them to write their goals down. Then, I will help them by coming up with a routine to reach those goals. From there we can start working, and I will determine the best way to teach the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Establishing a good foundation for motivation is key to becoming an independent learner. That can be key for sports and academics. If a student understands his or her purpose, then they will have no problem putting the work in. They may even begin to enjoy the process. Relying on deadlines and fear to motivate you is not a stable path, so building a foundation is a necessity.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

This is a very common obstacle, and I believe that patience on both sides is key. Some subjects may appear daunting and serve to intimidate students right away. It is important to remain composed and keep chipping away at it from different angles. With that in mind, I'm confident my students can get through anything. Plus, I might discover new ways to teach a concept that I hadn't thought of.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

This is a very frustrating topic for many students. Many passages seem as if they are designed to be confusing. They are usually filled with clutter and unnecessary details. I would tell them to focus on each question and then look for the answer in the passage, because using too much time to reach the whole thing is usually unnecessary. Given that many standardized tests have these kinds of questions, it is important to be efficient with time. Also, I would show them how to skim through a paper to get the general idea, while looking for key words or paragraphs.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I found that students will learn faster and feel less overwhelmed when I guide them through things step-by-step. Some teachers will give out all of the instructions at once, and many students will overlook a step or stop paying attention half-way through. If you familiarize students with the process, then they will be more comfortable.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Sometimes if a student consistently fails at a subject, their confidence will go down and they will begin to doubt themselves. This leads to them being reluctant to even begin trying, and if left alone it can hurt their self-esteem and motivation. A trick that works is to give the students more easily solvable problems, and build their confidence back up. Once they begin to believe in themselves, the engagement and excitement will naturally follow.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would begin to ask more advanced questions and have them figure out more specific parts of the question first. Testing is usually the best way to gauge how much a student has retained.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Much like one of my previous answers, students will lose confidence if they keep failing. Hitting a plateau is very frustrating, so I always make them go back to the basic problems. Then they work their way back up to the struggling parts. The review of the first progressions will help, while giving them more confidence once they start answering things correctly again.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Some students require more attention; others require an emotional boost, and so on. My job is to find the best way to bring out the student's strong points while patching up any weak spots. Getting an understanding of the student's academic history would be a good indicator too, along with teacher's notes if they are willing to share.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

If the student does not learn well with his or her current teacher's methods, then I will ask them what is making it so hard. They will usually tell me they have problems with pacing or paying attention. This is common, since classrooms are tailored for the general student. Since I am working one-on-one with them, I can adjust myself accordingly.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I like using the interactive whiteboard and text editor. It helps that I can explain and show a problem step by step when I do online sessions. Otherwise I use a notebook and any related materials I may have. Before a session, I will review the material that the student is having trouble in and take my own notes. Video/audio feeds are useful, along with the live chat feature if they do not have a mic. Even for online sessions I will take physical notes for myself to help me keep track of where we are.


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