I have been tutoring since the young age of 13 years old. I started in this program in my city called Teens in Action which was an after school tutoring program. Even though I was 13 and still had a lot to learn about the world, I enjoyed tutoring the younger children. As I got older, I understood that this was something that I was great at doing and I enjoy helping people prosper and become more knowledgeable. I've done various tutoring programs in my adulthood such as Americorps and it was a fun experience.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Florida International University - Current Undergrad, Mathematics
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CLEP College Mathematics
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to lead and give direction and motivation. Not everyone learns the same, so it takes patience and dedication to lead a student on the right path of knowledge.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would see what their strengths and weaknesses are, and then work from there with them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would use tools that I've learned as a child that made me an independent learner. Meaning, a lot of practice problems that take time and dedication.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would tell them what they're doing right and wrong. When they are doing something wrong, I will use my patience as an advantage to give them the confidence that I know they can acquire.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will use real-life situations to help them. The great thing about math is that you can use real-life scenarios to indulge in an easier learning environment with a student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would use a real-life scenario that makes them excited, such as television, video games, etc. It always works, because the student pays more attention to that type of stuff.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would items such as pencils, pens, food, etc. If it's a situation with counting, usually money works, and fractions food works as well as blocks.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I give them practice problems and test them to see if they've learned from the last session we had. It's similar to going to basketball practice and seeing a teammate develop their free throw percentage compared to the last practice.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I see their weaknesses and work from there.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Not every student learns the same. Some might be more visual learners than others, so I introduce a visual method of learning to certain students and another method to others.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically use a board, pencils, pens, food, etc.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I use a board and write the words down and practice with them.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I use real-life scenarios in order to facilitate a better learning environment.