As a veteran teacher, I understand that each student wants to be successful. Every individual also has their best way of learning, and I strive to provide each student with techniques and strategies paired with my style of teaching tailored to him or her in order to learn content.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Central Connecticut State University - Bachelors, Mathematics
Graduate Degree: Drexel University - Masters, Mathematics Learning and Teaching
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Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I try to accomplish a few things during my first tutoring session. One of the main goals is to start to build a rapport with the student. This includes getting to know each other a bit, as well as a conversation about style: I want to know how the student best learns in addition to the student knowing how I best teach. We then would discuss our strengths and weaknesses in the tutoring subject, and spend the rest of the time determining where we need to focus our upcoming attention.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is that every student wants to learn. By creating a relationship that includes open dialogues about strengths, weaknesses, and progress, a teacher can help a student successfully learn. This path will not be the same for each individual, but it is up to the teacher to provide different ways for the student to understand content.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help students become independent learners by building their confidence in the subject. When tutoring math, I let a student attempt a question on their own. If they struggle, I let them talk out their ideas and provide as much positive feedback as possible. Then, after we work through a problem, I let the student try a different one independently. We continue this process of dialogue and work until a student no longer needs me to complete multiple questions within the content.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I keep a student motivated by keeping work at an achievable level, and then building upwards. Students need to see success to keep going and will also be more willing to push through struggles when they know that they can be successful. This means scaffolding work and removing the accommodations as they become stronger students while still pushing their learning.