I am a recent college graduate (currently heading into completing my masters) with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. I love math very much, and I am quite good at it as well. Math has been my favorite subject since I was in elementary school. You know the saying "money makes the world go round"? Well to me, I see math making the world go round. Math is everywhere in our lives. We use it every day and the majority of us do not even know that we use it! The fun and cool thing about math is that there is a plethora of ways to learn it. I believe anyone can learn it if they put their heart to it. Not just math, but any subject.
I used to struggle a lot during my journey to my bachelors, and I must give a thousand thanks to the students and professors who have helped me understand certain material. They have inspired me to go and help others for i know that they will need it. People have to know that they are never alone when facing an obstacle!!! I'm glad I can help people. It makes me feel good, and it makes me feel like I have contributed to society.
I also teach Spanish since I am of Hispanic decent, and live in a Spanish household!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: New Jersey Institute of Technology - Current Undergrad, Civil Engineering
Play soccer, Draw, watch anime, play video games, go to the gym, get my school work done !
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
As a civil engineer student, one important statement is that the strength of a structure depends on the foundation. Students are the foundation of every teacher. Today's are tomorrow's teachers, one way, shape, or form.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself by giving a brief background on my goals. Review with the student talking about their strengths and weaknesses and setting a goal. I will also speak on how we will obtain this goal.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I'll give a student practice exams, which I will check. I will give no help what so ever, and I will tell them where they went wrong, but I will not correct them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation comes from within. The best help I can give them is to explain to them that the world is in their hands.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will teach them the skills using an entirely different approach. There are many ways to solve any problem, a student must be exposed to as many ways possible so they can be able to find "their way".
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Read the question first. Read what the question asks. Then go to the passage, state the facts, and use the facts to answer.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Make learning fun. Never teach them in the same way over and over and over again. Students get restless too easily.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Motivate the student into knowing that a problem will not get the best of them. They are strong!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
There are a variety of techniques. Some students are verbal learners, some are visual, and some are physical learners.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Being visual or musical is one of the best ways to boost a student's confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Separate their strengths and their weaknesses, as well as separating their needs and wants.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
My strengths may be their weaknesses, and my weaknesses may be their strengths. Students may also teach a thing or two to their tutors/teachers.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Calculator (if needed), laptop, rulers, protractors, pens, pencils, notebooks, some textbooks, and practice problems.