I graduated Eastern Connecticut State University with my Bachelors in Mathematics and Dance & Global Performance. I currently teach 9th grade algebra and math tutorial. I aspire to open my own dance studio. I have been tutoring in mathematics for about 7 years, and have worked in math classrooms in both middle and high schools. I love to help people and watch my students grow. I can't wait to help with your tutoring needs.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Connecticut State University - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I have a very constructivist philosophy of teaching. I think that students should be able to find the answers from what they know and build on that. When in clinical placements I tend to teach using stations, where the students have something different at each one, but can learn on their own and ask questions for clarification. They are able to take control of their own learning while advancing.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would get to know the student first and try to find out what the root problem that they are having is. I would then go over the way that I tutor, which requires any notes or materials that the student has, because all teachers have different ways of accepting assignments or answers. I would then start with the most troubling part of the students problem and be sure to have the student explain to me what they have learned at the end with a follow-up question, so that I know I have effectively helped them understand the topic.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student can become an independent learner by focusing on what they already know. If a student focuses on what they already know, they will learn that they are just adding on to it. I find that the best way that students can become independent is by going back through what they have learned with someone new and explaining it to them. If a student can explain what they learned to someone, they have taken in the information and are able to share their knowledge with someone else. This also sometimes helps the student realize that they do know what they are doing.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by reminding them of what they already know. Sometimes in math, you think that you do not know what it going on; however, if you focus on what you do know instead of what you don't, it can be less stressful. Positive reinforcement is also a great way to help students stay motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having difficulty, I would try to explain it to them a different way, and if that doesn't work, then I would bring in a new resource. The best part of technology is that it is ever-changing, and there are so many places for students to learn more depending on their learning style. Sometimes repetition or a new perspective can help a student grasp a concept or skill they are having difficulty with.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
For students who are struggling with reading comprehension, I would have them retell me what is going on. This doesn't mean that they will understand, but it does mean that they are paying attention. I would then ask questions about what they think could happen next or questions that get the student thinking about what more the reading could entail. A different perspective or even putting themselves in the place of a character could help them understand it more.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that building a relationship and getting to know more about a student than their name and their tutoring needs helps a lot.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help the student make personal connections with the subject and relate the subject to something that they enjoy so that they can see how it applies to everyday life.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to use videos that have an explanation so that the student can hear and see another person explain a topic, in case they aren't understanding it the way that I am explaining it. I also like to use tools that allow students to have another version or explanation.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
To build a student's confidence, I give them a problem and have them teach me about it. I also like to have them tell me everything that they do know, so that they get confirmation that they have learned something.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I usually ask how a scholar learns best, and if they are not sure, I try multiple ways to see what works. I like to show examples and give the scholar a chance to work through them on their own, and I only interject if they ask me a question or I see a mistake that could cause them to need to go back.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am a very flexible tutor. Whatever the student needs to learn best, I am always willing to try something new. I collect all the resources that I have used or was given so that I can always have multiple options during a learning experience.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During tutoring sessions, I use worksheets, formula sheets, colors for highlighting or circling things and a lot of examples. I think that having multiple options to choose from help. I also have supplemental videos that help students to learn more about the subject, so that they have another iteration of what they need help with.