My name is Tiara Benson. I am a Mother to 3 boys ages 5, 4, and 4 months. I have been married 6 years and my Husband is in the Navy. I have always had a passion for working with children and dreamt of being a teacher at a very young age. I have my Associates Degree with emphasis in early childhood education and I am currently working on my Bachelors Degree. I love to meet a child and learn about their dreams and goals. I love watching them achieve those goals and dreams overtime as we work together. I do not want to just tutor your child I want to build a lasting Student, Teacher relationship so children know they can always come to me when they need help. Every child is smart and if they are taught properly they can accomplish anything they dream of.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Saint Johns River State College - Current Undergrad, Early Childhood Education
Playing with my boys, and teaching!
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would learn about the student and introduce myself so the student is comfortable with me. I would then go over the subjects of concern and gather information on what the student's strengths and weaknesses are. I would also ask the student what resources they use, such as textbooks or calculators, to ensure they have everything they need. After the session, I would write up a lesson plan based on my assessment of the child's needs.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I know it can be hard to stay motivated but I would give the student a break if they were feeling overwhelmed. I would praise the child for the amazing work and effort they are putting in, and remind them of the prize at the end of all the hard work. The GOOD GRADE!!!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has an area that is harder to comprehend, I would make sure I put time aside just for that concept. I would create lessons, flashcards, games, songs... whatever interests them to help them grasp the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension can be time consuming to teach, but it is a critical concept to know. I would work with the child every session, reading and then asking them what they read. We would work on reading and retelling the story so they learn to grasp comprehension.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
You can help a student become independent by giving them the necessary tools to feel confident with what they are learning. When a student is more confident about the subject area, they are more interested and able to be more independent!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find that getting to know the child is key. It's important to build a trusting and lasting relationship with each individual child. The more they trust you and open up, the easier it is to teach them and understand their individual needs.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I think it's important to talk with the student so you know what they are interested in. This will give you the ability to connect the subject or area of concern with something interesting that the child will engage in.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would have the child review what he or she has learned. I would encourage them to explain a problem back to me or retell a story after reading it. I would also do fun activities, such as games, to test their knowledge.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
In order to build confidence in a subject, you have to build understanding. Encouraging the child to learn is key, and reminding them that they are smart and able is very important. Once the child begins to grasp the information, they will take off with excitement that they are achieving a goal they had!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
In order to evaluate the needs of a child, you must speak with them and learn about them. You must go over the material to see what their strengths and weaknesses are. You can use their strengths to help build up their weaknesses.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each child is different; you must decide how the child learns best. If the child likes to read, I would use more reading activities to teach them; if they like to be hands-on, I would create lessons that are hands-on. Each student is different, and you must adapt your teaching style to their needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use the materials first that the child was provided by their teacher. I would also use other resources, such as math manipulative objects, crayons and paper to draw a picture about the story we read, and games like trivia to quiz them on information.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every child is unique and talented. Each child has their own way of learning, and not one child is the same. I believe every child is capable of learning and deserves the best education and assistance to ensure they succeed. I will not quit until they get it!