I have a Bachelor's degree in Physics/Teaching from Tver State University (Russia), Bachelor's in Computer Information Systems (EWU), MS in Computer Science (EWU), and Masters in Engineering Management (WSU). I have worked in the field of software/computer networking technology for the last 10 years, and I have taught at ITT Tech for 13 years. I always share the real-word work experience with my students for them to succeed in their careers and their life.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Tver State University EWU - Bachelors, Physics/Computer Information Systems
Graduate Degree: EWUWSU - Masters, Computer Science/Engineering Managment
FORESTRY, GARDENING, SPANISH, FRENCH, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that my teaching is effective when I bring my professional and personal experiences into a classroom in order to stimulate students' interests. I found that my students learn the best when they believe that the knowledge that they are receiving is relevant to their life and careers.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will try to break the barrier - get to know a student a little better. What do they want to achieve? What interests do they have? What brings them to my class? How they can help others to learn?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think that a student who is interested in a subject will become an independent learner. One of my teachers in Russia used to say, "A student is not a vessel we need to fill, but a fire we need to start."
How would you help a student stay motivated?
A student needs to find a reason why they are learning, and later internalize that for himself/herself. For example, "I will learn math because I will become a more effective business owner in the future."
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I try to explain a concept using different examples or a different approach. Some students are very visual, and pictures may be worth a thousand words.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I think that reading is absolutely essential for students. I ask students to read a paragraph again and explain what was in that paragraph in their own words. Sometimes I make students read the very last paragraph first (this may help them to find a conclusion).
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like hands-on education; I usually ask students to complete a lot of problems as a part of their homework. I found the more they do, and complete successfully, the more they want to do in the future.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Normally I ask other students to contribute to help this student. I found that a student may learn a concept faster than from a teacher. However, I am a teacher, and I am responsible for their learning; what I try to do is to encourage their participation by getting input from them first. If a student tells me why they are having trouble learning something, I may be able to turn the tables 180 degrees and ask a student a question that may motivate them to talk. Once a conversation is established, I feel there is an opportunity for me as a teacher to make this student successful.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I do make sure they can verbalize a problem first using their own words. I also ask them to document their progress in writing, and then ask them to read what they wrote later. Often, they find what they are missing in the material, and start asking questions.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
When they complete homework, I always comment on what they have done, and set up goals for the future. They usually feel proud of what they have achieved and will try to do it again.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I take into account: 1) their ability to do problem solving 2) their ability to ask questions 3) their interest level. All of those components are important, and I use them all to evaluate student's needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Normally I give them a problem to do. If they complete a problem, I ask them to do a more complex one. I choose problems that will challenge them, eventually.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use books and a laptop. Also, just a simple conversation works the best.