I love to teach. It helps me to maintain and continue in my own learning, and I love helping students "get it". I have been teaching formally and informally since I've been in high school, basically turning everything that I've learned and helping others gain understanding. My experience ranges from languages, math and sciences, English, History, and test prep. It really is a joy for me to see students learn what they need to know in order to move ahead in their life!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelors, Spanish and French
Reading, archery, cooking, talking with friends, board games
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I tend to find out what the student is working on, what they are having difficulty with, assess their learning styles, and tackle any pressing issues.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I have students not only figure out the answers but tell me how they figured out the problem, and then apply what they've learned to another problem.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I find out what keeps them motivated and remind them of it, especially when they become discouraged. Whether it's passing a class to achieve a goal or obtain an incentive that the parents have offered.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try different ways of teaching it, often backing off and going to the basics to make sure that has been comprehended, and use that as building blocks.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Find out what they like, what excites them and relate it in some way to the subject matter. It makes for fun stories.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Depending on the subject matter, make sure they can complete assignments with few questions, have them teach a concept to me, or have them write a short composition encompassing the material in question.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Encourage them when they try, even when they get it wrong, point out what they did right, and work together to conquer what needs to be accomplished.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Usually, in the first session, I find out what the struggle is, their best ways of learning, how much needs to be done, and then develop a plan with the student. After each session, we assess how well we've accomplished our goal.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The student's textbook, supplementary materials that I've researched if I know I'll be needing it, and my own books, videos, or activity sheets.