Hi! My name is Archita and I am part of the Varsity Tutors program in the Chicagoland area. I am an Elementary Education major, and I just graduated from Knox College this summer.
From a young age, I have always enjoyed helping people. After coming to college, I decided that one of the best ways to help people would be through getting a major that would teach me the necessary skills so that I can be an adequate support for people. The same love of helping others is what brought me to Varsity Tutors.
Through my major, I learned how to talk to students, how to teach, how to manage time, as well as how to be part of a major support system for each child.
As a tutor for this program, I hope to utilize all of the above for each student that I help so that they do not feel as though school is hard and help them be motivated and encouraged.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Knox College - Bachelors, Elementary Education
Dancing, Cooking, Stitching embroidery, puzzles.
College Application Essays
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to make sure that every student understands the need for every bit of information they are learning. By knowing the significance of what they are learning, the student will be more motivated to learn.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A rapport must be brought about between the student and the tutor so that the student will be in the optimal environment to grow. I will get to know the student as well as also figure out what basic concepts they already know.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Scaffolding is a good way to teach a student how to be an independent learner. By teaching the concept and then having the student try it out on their own, they will gain the confidence they need to start working on things by themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Having tiny breaks in between greatly helps a student stay motivated and focused. Also, seeing the positives in every negative situation that may occur will help the student stay motivated as well. Positive reinforcement for when the student does good work also helps motivation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Using different methods to ensure than the student grasps the concept would be good.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Have them pick words from the sentence that they do know. After that, using the words we do not know, they could consult a dictionary to understand the words they do not know. Context clues also help.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Positive reinforcement usually works, especially with younger children. Taking breaks and ensuring that the student is not worn out also helps. Testing background knowledge also encourages students.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Videos usually help for visual learners. Helping them understand the importance of the concept also helps.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Asking them the basic concepts throughout the time we are working together helps with areas like math. If the subject is reading, after every few pages, asking the student what has happened so far will help to see if they have understood the concepts.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Asking them what they already know and praising them on what they already know will greatly help a student's confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Talking to a student if they are old enough, or looking at their tests as well as talking to parents usually helps evaluation of a student's needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Figuring out what the student's needs are will help adapt my tutoring. This can be achieved by talking to the student as well as seeing their work ethic.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pen, paper, manipulatives for math, and a small dictionary for reading.