I always believe in giving back to society. Sharing knowledge and experience with others has been something I have been committed to for quite a while and practice frequently. I tutor because I believe learning is a two way process in which we both walk away better than when we met.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The New School - Bachelors, Media Studies
Graduate Degree: Full Sail University - Masters, Entertainment Business
Some of hobbies and interests are cars, architecture, movies and filmmaking, volunteering, writing, learning new places and photography.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe good work ethic, along with patience, will overcome obstacles. Teaching is prime example of this practice, proving that, along with a little help, anything is possible.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student first, learning their likes and dislikes to better communicate with them when tutoring.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can try, but it mostly depends on the desire of the student to become capable of seeking out answers themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
First, I would find out what it is that keeps them motivated about a particular subject, and then learn ways together on how to keep that momentum going.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Find out what their obstacles are. Most of time, a person may be looking at the whole big picture instead of taking things step by step. Together, we would focus on a plan of attack that would be universal in helping the student overcome such difficulties in the future.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
This is where patience comes in. It's a process for all, and I would reiterate that to the student as well as provide materials that may be more stimulating to practice with.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
A compliment always helps to spark a light conversation before getting right into it. This alleviates any pressure or apprehension to discuss where they may have difficulty.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
A small test usually helps, or a few questions discussing what was just learned has also been a successful approach.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
First, by learning the core elements of the subject and doing short practicals in-between each step. This helps to instill confidence in the student, showing they are achieving as they learn.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I find out what their goals are first, and then we see where there are deficiencies in their study habits. By asking them where they have trouble or difficulty, I can learn if they need help with executing or comprehending the assignments.