Hello, My name is Pretema. I am a current UCF student going for a Statistics degree. I have always been great with math and graduated in the top 5% of my high school. I always have had a love for helping people learn, and would love to give you the resources to accomplish you goals!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Bachelors, Statistics
ACT Composite: 18
ACT English: 16
ACT Math: 22
ACT Reading: 25
ACT Science: 23
I love Animals. I grew up on a farm, so I have a lot of experience with them. I also went to Cosmetology School. So, I have a hobby of doing makeup and hair. I do some freelance work for prom, homecomings, and weddings.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to give all of the possible resources so the student can have the best opportunity to develop their understanding.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session, I want to find out why they want the tutoring, and what is their overall goal to these sessions. This gives me the best understanding of what I need to do to get them where they want to go.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student needs to figure out the best learning method for themselves. Everyone learns subjects differently. Once you know how your brain works, you can learn anything.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keep track of their progress. I will show them how far they have already gone, in order to encourage them to go further. As well as, I have always been motivated by little breaks. So, having them work as hard as they can in order to get a little me-time.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I would give them a break from this topic. It has been said that if you move on and come back to a concept, your subconscious is continuously working on it. Then, I'll come back after enough time to approach the concept and explain using a different method such as visually.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
As someone who struggled a lot with reading comprehension at a young age, I think practice makes perfect, as well as leading by example. So, I can go over a paragraph and explain what I understand, and then have the student do the same with the next paragraph.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I think a great strategy I found was having the student walk through the problem out loud themselves until they need a little help. Then, I would give them hints for them to figure out how to approach the problem. I feel actively learning like this allows a better understanding.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Usually, a student who feels like they do not understand something is not excited to learn. I would start with simplified problems to show they do know how to do this subject, and afterward, slowly introduce harder problems with a pace that works for them.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Anything that works for the student. If I need to use car examples because that's what they are interested in, I will do that, or if they need directions read out loud, I will do that as well. Every student is different, and the best technique for every student is to be adaptable.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build confidence by showing they are capable of learning this subject with a gradual learning process at an appropriate pace for the student.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would first evaluate by listening to the student on what they understand and struggle with. Then, I would verify these ideas with practice questions to get a feel for where they are starting at and what they need to learn.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
First, you need to understand what they need. So, figuring out what they need and how they learn. I would then try different methods of teaching to see what works best. Using these different methods will allow for me to tutor based on what's best for the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use whiteboards for examples. I am also a big person on visual concepts, so I'll have documents of graphs. Flashcards are usually very effective as well. But, I am willing to get any material they need.