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Diana

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Never stop learning because life never stops teaching!

I want to help students reach their educational goals and become a successful student by understanding how education is very crucial.

I enjoy helping students with their school work because I get creative with using different methods of teach. Such as I use visuals,Youtube, I use props, even sketching things out depending on what the subject is. And at the end of each session I always ask the student how do they feel so far about what they are learning what I can help them improve on.

My goal is to help students out!!!

Diana’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Three Rivers Community College - Current Undergrad, Visual Fine Arts

Hobbies

Graphic Design, Cooking, Volunteer,Reading,Fashion, Drawing, Painting, Travel, Try different foods

Tutoring Subjects

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

Art

Basic Computer Literacy

Computer Science

Digital Media

Drawing

High School Computer Science

Microsoft Office

Painting

Photoshop

Technology and Computer Science


Q & A

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

In the first session, I would start of with an ice breaker game so I can get to know a little bit about them, and they can learn something about me. The reason why I would start with that is because I want the students to get comfortable with asking questions when they are unsure about any problem related to their assignments. To me, it is important for me to work with students with passion and the love of helping them out.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By teaching them the basics of what it means to be an independent learner. Students become independent learners when a tutor or a teacher, even their parent, doesn't do all of their work for them. Students can get help at anytime but to do their work is another story, so I would stay away from doing their work. Instead, I would guide them by helping them and encouraging them that they can do it and not to give up when things get difficult.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

The way I would help a student stay motivated is I would let them understand how great they are doing completing their work and doing their best. I would encourage them to stay motivated by telling them that they can do it! I would also become a role model in their interest. I would create realistic performance goals and help students achieve them by encouraging them to set their own reasonable goals that they can manage and achieve. There are different motivations that students respond to differently. For example: there are learners that are called Deep Learners- they respond well to the challenge of mastering a difficult and complex subject . I've learned that these students are a joy to teach. Another example is that there are students that are Surface Learners. This means that these students are motivated by a desire to stay way from failure. They do not like to fail. They work as hard as they can to be a successful student. Another style of learning is called Strategic Learners: these learners are motivated primarily from receiving awards. They react well to competition and the opportunity to do best. They often make good grades but won't engage deeply with a subject unless there is a clear reward for doing so.

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

If a student has a difficulty learning a skill or a concept. I would first ask them what exactly are they having difficulties with. I would identify the lack of understanding and determine whether or not we simply need to review or take a fresh approach to the concept to be learned. Sometimes, you just have to go back to basics. I will try my best to make them understand and show them the right way to solve it.

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

I would first identify where they are struggling so I know what I need to help them with. I would be aware of what they do know. I would use different strategies. Even reading it out loud to the student. I also use flashcards and visuals.

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

The first priority for me is to understand different styles of learners. Because, as we know, there are several different styles such as: aural learner, visual Learner, verbal learner, and physical learner. The most common learners that I have worked with are visual learners, aural learners and even physical learners (kinesthetic). The strategies that I find most successful are visuals, because some students are visual learners who prefer to use pictures, images, and even spatial understanding. Aural learners are the ones who learn by using sound and sometimes even music. Physical learners like to use their sense of touching, as well as using their hands and even their body movements.

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

I would try to make it fun by doing a little fun activity on that subject- so maybe come up with a small game. If they are into using visuals, I will have that student illustrate on what they understand about the subject so far.

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

1.) I would frequently ask they how are they feeling about the assignment so far. 2.) Give them a small pop quiz on it. But, before I give them a pop quiz, I will have them practice first so they can have it fresh in their head. 3.) I would provide study questions and terms that they can work on. 4.) Periodically, I would review the material so the student doesn't get lost in it.

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

I would always make sure to express a positive attitude to all of the students. This will show them that I am on their side, and that they are worth my attention. I would set attainable goals from the start. This is a surefire way for students to see how much they have grown. I would continue to encourage them to not give up. Keep going, you got this! Offer praise and acknowledge the student's accomplishments. Always start with a positive statement, and then I can add on by referring to what they need to work on.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I ask them what they struggle with, and also if they need help with anything. I would cater to their needs and make sure I do everything to help them succeed in school.

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

I learn about the student, because I think the more you know about your student, the more it will benefit both of you at the end. I want to form a healthy relationship with my students and become a positive role model to them, who they can look up to and go to for any help that they need.

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

1.) Notebooks/lined paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, colored pencils, note cards, a binder- to keep everything organized, and copies of the student's assignments in case they lose them.

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to be as helpful to the students as I can. Also, to do my best to meet my teaching goals as well as their goals of succeeding.