I started tutoring because I've always had a knack for explaining things to people, and I've gotten good feedback from students I've tutored as well as friends that I've helped. I've been tutoring math and science for a couple of years off and on, and hope to continue helping people because these are subjects that I want to retain knowledge of for as long as possible. I can pretty much tutor any age or experience level, although my favorite is college level calculus II.
I like to use visual and kinesthetic methods to explain concepts to students. I focus on ensuring that students really understand the theory behind why we solve problems a certain way versus just memorizing a formula or function. This method has helped a lot of my students become note confident in their problem-solving skills as well as become more able to learn new concepts easier because they have a better understanding of the fundamentals.
In addition to general course subjects, I have experience training for math brain bowls, preparing for standardized testing, and studying for the fundamentals of engineering exam.
University of Miami - Bachelors, Architectural Engineering
SAT Composite: 1920
GRE Quantitative: 165
GRE Verbal: 158
FCAT 2.0 Prep
PC Basic Computer Skills
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to meet each student where they're at, on their level, then show them what we're working towards, and finally help them fill in the pieces to complete the process. This can help them see how to solve something from start to finish and be confident during every step in between.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Talk with the student first to see what concepts they have been going over, and get them to rank their comfort with each concept so we can tackle the subjects they need the most help with. I would also go through a few practice problems to determine where the student might be having trouble arriving at the final answer.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By helping the student figure out the tools that he or she needs to teach themselves new concepts, whether it be reading ahead in the textbook, looking up examples in their textbook or online, or practicing problems following the same outline as the examples, until they feel confident in obtaining new information on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By providing positive feedback and finding new ways to keep the sessions interesting, as well as making sure they remember their goals for their course.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try and find another way to explain the concept to the student based on their learning style, by using different interactive examples or visuals, or whatever they may need.