I think anyone can learn even though they think they're stuck and just can't get it! It's all about knowing how to tap into the way you learn. We're all wonderfully different and sometimes the way we make connections to information is similar but not always. So let me help you figure out what you're learning potential may be!
I always felt like I was behind compared to other students and to this day I am a slower responder and thinker about things compared to many. But learning this about yourself can help you understand how to go about taking in and processing information.
So, for those of you that are out there and feel like you're just not getting it fast enough or not at all, have no fear! I might be able to help you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-East Bay - Current Undergrad, Biology, General
I love playing and listening to all types of music. I also enjoy photography.
ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep
Basic Computer Literacy
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
Mac Basic Computer Skills
Middle School Science
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Get an assessment of the fundamentals from the student by asking basic questions and then building them up. From there, you can gauge how to go about helping the student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would have them explain to me, as best they can, what their struggle is concerning the subject. From there, perhaps an assessment of the fundamentals will help guide me to take the best course of action on how to help them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Give them tools on how to approach questions in a "breaking it down" fashion. By supplying many different scenarios where they can approach any kind of problem using these tools which make any and all problems manageable.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Getting motivation from me won't be hard, but a more useful tool is getting motivation from yourself so you don't solely rely on the motivation from someone else. I've learned in my own experience that success in goals you have set out for yourself really helps with stimulating self-motivation! So, I would help the student achieve their goals successfully while still making sure they have most to do with it.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Using many different examples usually helps. I have found that personal interests of the student can sometimes be used in the examples. This helps build a connection to the concept/skill that tends to stay with the student longer.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Again, I think breaking things down and implementing light note taking while reading can help immensely.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Using lots of different resources. And being that computer technology is one of our best resources, especially for younger generations, I make a point to be as technologically savvy as possible.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
As I had mentioned earlier, finding a personal interest of the student can prove to be very useful to attempt to create an arena in which the problem becomes relatable for the student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Fill-in-the-blank questions are always a great way to assess if a student is understanding concepts. Additionally, asking essentially the same question in a variety of ways also gives a tutor/teacher an idea of how the student is truly understanding what is being asked of their knowledge concerning said concept.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Testing their knowledge in small sections at a time not only assures the student they are progressing, but it allows them to become set up for more information. In order to feel ready for more information, having confidence with the set of information given is key!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Certainly asking is one of the best ways to find out the student's needs. But if that seems unclear between tutor and student, assessment is necessary. This can be accomplished by testing the student's basic knowledge with small quizzes.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Not all students are created equal; therefore, the tutor should know how to modify their teaching techniques to cater to each student's unique learning style. Figuring that out can be a challenge, but not impossible. Since I don't know what the student's needs are, I always start with a basic test of knowledge in the subject. From there, I have to talk to the student to try to gain an understanding of their needs in their own words. This can help me understand if it may simply be a test-taking issue rather than understanding the material. Many students understand material just fine, but when it comes to test taking, they freeze up.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Whatever is necessary within reason. If possible, 3-dimensional representations work best.