I would very much like to help students understand and be comfortable with Mathematics.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
All students can learn given the proper teaching methodology and personal attention. Showing students that you genuinely care about them and truly want them to succeed sometimes is all that student needs to feel to be successful.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Take some time to get to know the student, and work hard to develop a rapport with them and be genuine and truthful. Also, go through some math and demonstrate that it is not as difficult as they may think.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help them understand how the concepts they are studying connect to each other and let them discover the connections themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Have fun with it. Don't be afraid to admit that you messed up and laugh about it. If it means you need to stop to discuss something else for a little bit, do it, if it can help the student stay with you.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try to find another way to present it. Relate it to something the student may be interested in. Find a way to say it differently. Anything it takes.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I can help them understand what is being asked by giving them key words to look for and pointing out what they mean in math terms.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Do a diagnostic evaluation to determine what the skill set of the student is and take him/her from there.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Connect it to something they are interested in. Sometimes it is difficult to determine what excites a student, but you can find something, and it will have a math connection somewhere.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
It is one thing to understand a concept right now and another to comprehend it and store it into your long-term memory. By coming back and reviewing concepts over and over, you have a better chance of moving the knowledge to the functional memory level.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Success breeds success, and the best way to build confidence is to be good at something, and the more success you have at doing something the better you get at it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Academic need can be evaluated by a countless number of diagnostic tests. Personal needs are a bit harder to evaluate, and it comes with trust and a caring attitude by the teacher.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student is different and an individual, and a teacher has to match his teaching to where the student is academically and personally on any given day. Something that is almost impossible to do in a classroom of thirty students. This is possible in a tutoring atmosphere, and that is what makes it so important.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Besides the basic text, paper, and pencil, it depends on what is being covered. A diagnostic test at the appropriate level, sample exercises for additional practice, and sometimes, whatever is laying around the room.