I know just enough to be dangerous about a lot of things, but more than anyone should, I know quite a bit about being a “know-it-all”:
1. No one likes a know-it-all
2. The saying goes, “Knowledge is Power.” However, having knowledge without the capacity to do something with it is Weakness
3. The more a know-it-all learns, the reality of his/her ignorance becomes more apparent
4. Often, the best way to teach someone something is not to start off spilling what you know, but first to find out what they already know and what they specifically want to know more about, so that you don’t waste both your time and theirs
5. Wait, before I go any further like a lame, idiotic know-it-all…
What do you want to know?
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Phoenix-Dallas Campus - Bachelors, Management
ACT English: 31
ACT Math: 22
ACT Science: 27
SAT Math: 610
SAT Verbal: 520
Highland Games, rugby, astronomy, historical cultures
Basic Computer Literacy
PC Basic Computer Skills
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Gauge current level of understanding. Set goals for learning.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By exploring various resources for learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By not only developing goals for learning, but developing the expected self-administered rewards for meeting them.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would change the perspective or approach, perhaps developing a "teaching" exercise together.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Sometimes saying the words out loud or summarizing them in a different way can help clarify the meaning.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
By giving them a stake in the outcome and empowerment in the learning process.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By using creativity to make it fun, like a game or artistic creation.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The best test is a demonstration, as teaching a concept reinforces an understanding of it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By getting rid of the tendency to draw comparisons with "experts," have the student gauge success against themselves rather than others.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Through a lot of active listening.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
How I adapt depends on the student's needs - which are sometimes wants instead of real needs - so a clear definition of those needs is critical.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Ideally, I would have the same materials as the student, but that is not always practical, so I use various resources. Sometimes we might draw or write our own new material to reinforce learning.