I am committed to learning, education and excellence. I want my students to be successful, and to confident in their learning. If this happens, they will discover lifelong learning which will enhance their life.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Oral Roberts University - Bachelors, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: Regent University - PHD, Communication
College Application Essays
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching students is a lifelong study in human drama and communication. Each day, there are new opportunities and challenges to grow and learn in helping the student to navigate the intricacies of communicating to the world their life goals and interests. Clay P. Bedford once said, 'You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.' It is with this intent that I challenge my students to nurture this curiosity through undertaking various avenues of knowledge and inquiry. Learning and knowledge are to be pursued throughout a lifetime, and if I can nurture this lifelong pursuit through my teaching, then I have succeeded in my quest.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself and tell them why and how I am qualified to tutor them in the particular topic.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By modeling the technique, give an example or somehow convey the information, and then, through questioning or practice, find out if they understand.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Encourage them, and possibly send him occasional emails or texts as we enter into a partnership of learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Since there are a number of learning styles, I would try to implement techniques that correspond to the different learning styles.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By taking a version of the Socratic style in asking questions and guiding them into comprehension strategies.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Delivering material and information in different formats, senses, and learning styles.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By encouraging them, and helping them envision how this knowledge or subject will enhance their life and learning in the future.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask questions. Prepare inquiry types of examples or what would you do scenarios.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
With a lot of encouragement and telling them that they can do this work. Lifting up their spirits and confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By observation, by conversation, by evaluating their work, and by asking questions.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Some of it comes from intuition, some of it comes from the years of experience I have in teaching different topics, and some of it is pure luck and trying different things when something doesn't work.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
When I last tutored, there were no tablets, smartphones or any technology like this. If I tutor online, I am hoping there is a sufficient learning platform for communication. I also want to experiment with different learning technologies. In FTF, I probably will use a lot of similar technologies and websites as illustrations.