I am currently a freshman in college anticipating to graduate in 2020. I major in biology and hope to become a great dentist one day. I have experience tutoring younger children in english and math and also tutoring high school students in their regular academic subjects. My hours are flexible, I'm very patient, and I LOVE to help others!
Undergraduate Degree: Adelphi University - Current Undergrad, Biology, General
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1160
Basic Computer Literacy
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School Biology
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
PC Basic Computer Skills
Technology and Coding
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching wise, I want students to not only be able to memorize things, but to be able to understand them fully as well. As a tutor and as a student, we both should be able to learn from each other.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a student, I will go over the hours that we will meet for sessions and give them all my contact information. I will tell them my background and ask for theirs as well. Then, I would test them in the subject that they are taking to see their strengths and weaknesses. From there, we can work on being stronger as a student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will teach students tactics on how to study alone and how to answer questions without me being there with them. I will show students how to look for context clues whether in an English or science essay or math questions.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will tell students that practice makes perfect. The more a student practices questions and answering them, the more they will be able to understand. Students can also get rewards such as a free homework night from me. They will learn that hard work pays off in the end due to the good grades.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will try to teach them different tactics and tricks to understanding the skill or concept. I will explain to the student in several different ways, whether it be a lecture or a visual representation of the concept. I have no problem going over the same material twice, as long as the student understands it all in the end.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will identify where the student has difficulty. Giving the students questions can pinpoint what they do not fully understand, and it focuses the student's attention to what they are learning. Questions can help students review the content and how it relates to the question. It helps their analytical skills as well.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I found that by doing a visual representation and showing students pictures or graphs, they understand it more than listening to it. Pictures speak a thousand words and most of those words help students understand the topic.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I will show students topics that they are interested in. Math problems might be about their favorite sports team or singer. English comprehension questions might be about their hobby. I would ask them personal questions and include them in the questions. I can also give the student little stickers or rewards when they answer questions correctly.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask the student to explain the concept to me as if I was the student and they were the teacher. I would also look over any questions they have answered and make them answer a few more to clarify that they understand.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would set goals for the student and praise them every single time we get a step closer to my goal. I would not discourage them and make them feel embarrassed if they answered something wrong. I would not talk down or correct them often because students get discouraged answering things when they are wrong. I would also give opportunities for the students to give me options on what they want to learn, so they have fun while learning.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would assign multiple questions for a student to answer, and I would see how much they need help in that topic.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I would see how well the student reacts to my presentation. After every lecture or presentation, I would give the student notes and questions. If they do not understand it very well, that is a sign I must change my teaching tactic.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I would normally use a pen or pencil and a notebook. Occasionally, I would use a calculator for math.