I believe that every individual wants to seek out knowledge, but it takes a patient and wise teacher to guide them through the journey of education.
California State University San Bernardino - Current Undergrad, Exercise Science
Basic Computer Literacy
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School Biology
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
Not every student learns the same way. In order for a student to succeed, they need to crawl before they walk. I will establish their learning style and go about a hands-on approach in order to teach a student to love learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will start with introductions and trouble areas. I want to earn a student's trust, and need them to be honest about what they are struggling with. From there, I will let them perform the subject matter and correct them as we go along to understand the correct way to teach them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By helping a student learn the fundamentals, and assessing their learning style, I will be teaching them to love learning. The more interactive and intuitive a student is about the proper way that they learn, the more independent they will become with their school work.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Making learning fun and exciting, with activities and rewards, will help keep them motivated. They must do the work that is in front of them, and what better way for them to love learning than to keep it fun and entertaining?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would start with asking a student what they are struggling with. Asking a student what they do or do not understand will determine how to assess overcoming that particular skill or concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Fundamentals skills, such as reading comprehension, are usually difficult when the child does not understand the piece of literature in front of them. Starting with fundamentals like sounding out the word or understanding the definition of words will help them overcome reading comprehension difficulties.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Assessing fundamentals such as multiplication tables, division tables, reading comprehension and word definitions or syntax rules are the most successful ways to improve students' scores and understanding of the material.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relating subjects back to things that are happening in society today help them become engaged. Comparing things that happened in the past or overcoming obstacles is rewarding for some students. For others that need motivation to become engaged, I tell them that if the material is easier for them, their homework or assignments won't seem as bad tomorrow.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I give students worksheets or ask them comprehension questions to understand if they fully apprehend the subject matter. I ask them to double check their work or do the inverse of their problems (such as in mathematics) to grasp the concepts and master the subject matter.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I ask them first and foremost what they are struggling with. I then guide them through steps that I have found successful with myself or other students and reassure them that everyone has a different learning style and that if they don't understand it, I will help them. Reassuring the student in the work that they do and validating that they received the correct answers will help them become confident in the subject matter.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask the student if they need any assistance. While they perform their school work, I make corrections or teach them functions on problems that they have difficulty with. I help them overcome problems that they have difficulty with.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I change my approach based off of what learning style the student has. I also tailor my approach based off of grade level and understanding of the material and interest level of the person I am tutoring.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use different color pens, flash cards, paper, pencils, calculators, etc. for my sessions. I like to use different color ink or pencils to help students understand materials better. And I like to use flash cards as a study/learning technique.