Throughout my years of working with children, both in and out of the classroom, I have learned many things. However, two main things have stood out more than anything else. The first thing would be that flexibility is the key to success. The second thing would be that if at first you don't succeed, try again using a different method. There are nine different learning styles for a reason, and I pride myself on trying my best to recognize that in every student so that I may help them achieve their highest level of potential.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Northeastern Illinois University - Bachelors, Early Childhood Education
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy on teaching is simple. I believe that every student is teachable; you just need to find the right method to reach them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In my first session with a student, I would want to find out a little bit about their background first. I feel that having that knowledge will help lay a solid foundation for success, in that I will have an idea of how to best reach that student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In order to help a student become an independent learner, I would give them small tasks to accomplish that I know they would be successful with. By doing this, it will begin to foster a sense of accomplishment and confidence within the student and drive them to desire to want more.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
In order to help a student stay motivated, I would break down a task into smaller steps and create mini-goals for them. This way the student would not feel so overwhelmed, and would be able to still gain a sense of accomplishment, even if it is at a slower pace.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student has difficulty learning a new skill or concept, I start off by trying to pinpoint exactly where the trouble lies. From there, I can then create a game plan to help that student master the skill or concept at hand.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When it comes to reading comprehension, I break down the concept into smaller bits so that it is not so overwhelming. I instruct my students to look for key words and phrases that will stick with them to help them gain that comprehension of what they're reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When starting to work with a new student, it is most important to gain the trust of both the student and their parent. If the student sees that the parent entrusts the teacher, then the student is more likely to trust the teacher as well. Once this has occurred, it allows for a much more successful opportunity for learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
In order to help a student become excited about an area in which they are struggling, I would start by trying to tie in some of their likes and hobbies to that subject matter. I would also give the student a little bit of information on myself in relation to the subject matter, so that they may see that I am able to relate to them.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
In order to check for student comprehension of a specific subject matter, I would assess them in a way that best suited their learning style. For example, if I'm dealing with a kinesthetic learner in the area of math, I would ask them to show me how to solve a problem using manipulatives, rather than simply writing it all out.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I am able to build a student's confidence in a specific subject area by pointing out their accomplishments in those areas, no matter how small they may be. I believe that if a student can see small progress in an area that they struggle in, it can give them the motivation to keep going.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by simply having a conversation with them to find out what they feel their strong points and not so strong points are. From that point, I can then create a plan of action to help a student achieve more.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to the needs of my students by taking their individual learning styles into account.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The materials I use during tutoring vary depending on the subject at hand, and the student I am working with. I like to be able to have my materials be relevant and useful to all involved.