I am very interested in tutoring as I feel that it is a way to make a positive difference in the lives of others. It also helps me to further hone my skills as a professional educator.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Purdue University-Calumet Campus - Bachelors, Finance and Economics
Graduate Degree: Purdue University-Calumet Campus - Masters, MBA - Finance
Reading, learning languages, cooking, and playing my bass.
ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
Basic Computer Literacy
COMPASS Mathematics Prep
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
Elementary School Math
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment
IB Further Mathematics
IB Mathematical Studies
SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy incorporates an analysis of data - such as standardized test scores, grades, etc. - as well as interaction and observation with the client to determine their method of learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, it is essential to perform an assessment of the student's recent performance. This can be done through a review of test scores and grades, coupled with a comprehensive understanding of the learning style of each individual student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By working with them to learn to tap into ancillary educational tools that are rooted in their manner of learning. For auditory learners, by demonstrating to them that possibly recording a lecture or listening to one or more lectures by other educators on the same subject would be beneficial. Similarly, demonstrate to visual, reading/writing, and kinesthetic learners ancillary learning skills that are well-suited with their learning styles.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By demonstrating to them the doors that each additional skill learned will open. This is especially apparent in math - once you can do this, then you can do that. Likewise, grammar, reading, and basic language skills are the foundation for creative writing, effective professional communication, etc.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Continue to work with them until you find the key that identifies the impediment and unlocks the door to the solution.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I feel that reading is best learned by working with progressively more difficult material, while trying to slant the reading selections in alignment with subjects that encapsulate the student's passions.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Listen, observe, and establish empathy. Only then can you develop a learning plan that will ensure their success.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
If they lack a certain level of interest in a subject, I try to relate the subject they are learning to a subject they are passionate about. For example, if economics is their passion and calculus is the subject that needs to be learned, then cultivating the application of calculus to economics is an effective teaching method.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Testing through both standardized measurements and oral discussions.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By helping them to understand how much progress they are making with the appropriate feedback.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Quantitative test scores, observation, and discussion.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By identifying their learning styles and tailoring a solution that fits in with them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
That depends on the subject matter, but more importantly, on the student's learning style and what would be the most effective means of demonstrating complex concepts to them.