I'm a freshman in college. I maintained an unweighted 4.0 GPA in high school while taking nine AP courses ranging from Physics and Calculus to English and Psychology. I have knowledge in a lot of subject areas, but I'm majoring in English and minoring in Secondary Education. I'm looking forward to using my skills in order to help any student who is willing to learn!
Undergraduate Degree: McDaniel College - Current Undergrad, English
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What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that every student is capable of learning any subject. While learning styles may vary from student to student, it's 100% possible for a student to do anything they put their mind to. I'm committed to helping students find a learning style that fits them best in each subject area, and then helping them to practice studying in order to succeed.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would spend a good chunk of time doing introductions. I like to get a feel for a student's learning style so I know how to best address the student. I also like to know about a student's interests, because a good way to get material to stick is to think about his or her passions and how the subject can have practical applications in their life. Next, I would ask the student to explain their class notes to me, because the best way to know if you fully understand a subject is to be able to teach it. If there is any time left, I would walk the student through a few practice problems or sample questions before letting them give answers on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like to help motivate students by helping them see the practical applications of any subject to something they care about. Even if a student thinks they will never use math or science again after high school, I can explain how critical thinking strategies and logic are always applicable and necessary skills. Making the subjects and course work seem relevant and useful can keep a student interested and motivated to keep working at perfecting their skills.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The best way for me to reach a student who is having difficulty is for me to allow them to ask questions. I often hear that sometimes students "don't even know what they don't know." If that's the case, I would have the student begin a problem or question so I can where the gaps in their skill or understanding are. Then, I can help the student bridge those gaps.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to have the students teach me a concept or walk me through a problem. The best indicator of whether a student fully understands a problem is whether they can teach it and answer questions about it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Practice is definitely the key here. I also increase the difficulty of the questions. Once a student has a mastery of the basic concepts, I like to increase the difficulty of the assignments so that they eventually understand even the complexities of the topic. Plus, succeeding when I challenge them will definitely help to boost their confidence.