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Timothy

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Education has always been a very important factor in my life. Ever since I was able to hold a job, I have given my time and energy to giving back to my community by way of working within the school system. I understand that by having a solid support system, a student is able to find ways to succeed. It is my mission to be a part of that support system for any student who may need it.

Timothy’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Michigan University - Current Undergrad, Anthropology

Hobbies

Hiking, music, writing, traveling.

Tutoring Subjects

History

College Application Essays

English

English Grammar and Syntax

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing

Introduction to Poetry

Other

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

To understand the student as well as I understand the subject matter! Every student needs a different element to succeed, and without recognizing that element the teacher will have no role in that student's success.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would get to know them. What are they having trouble with? What do they excel at? How can we make those two things connect?

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By setting up a self-reward system, which helps to build discipline and self-success. The student can reward themselves for their accomplishments.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Try to find the reason why. There is a disconnect somewhere, and I would need to help identify it while being patient and understanding.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I set up a reading program that is unique to the student. I have them set attainable goals, and I give them the time to reach them.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

By understanding their way of learning. How do they learn best? For example, if the student has issues with auditory learning, we try something new.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would make it relevant! I would look for the most interesting points in the subject in order to motivate the student to want to learn about the subject.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would reflect with the students; honest and open communication is key. We would go over what they did comprehend, as well as what they did not comprehend.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Positive reinforcement! Active listening when they are explaining or talking about what they have learned is important, as is letting the students know of your own flaws in learning so they do not feel alone.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Honest and open communication! A student will show their needs in many ways, and I have found listening is the best way to truly evaluate a student's needs.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

By switching the format in which the subject matter is presented, and by giving them what they need by changing my way of communication.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Paper, pencil and pens, flashcards, the Internet, and other things that vary due to the student's needs. Sometimes even certain games can help.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By showing them that they already have the ability to learn on their own, and letting them answer the questions that they have.