As of December 2016, I have completed all of the courses required of me to obtain my Associates of Science degree in Biology. I have always found the human body interesting and I aspire to be a medical doctor. Something that I have learned in my academic career is that the best way to learn is to teach. Teaching is a double-edged sword that will sharpen my own skills and potentially introduce helpful study habits to students.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy on teaching is to share the same information that helps me to remember. The best way to stay sharp on this information is to teach it to someone else!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student can become an independent learner by going back over a lesson and writing down summaries in his or her own words. Another way to learn independently is to look up the meanings of words or concepts that are unknown. Try to apply these new concepts in life by incorporating the new vocabulary into everyday language and by recognizing these concepts in everyday life.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Ask the student to identify the fundamentals, such as "who, what, when, where, why, and how." It is incredible how helpful it is to have this information to draw inferences from.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
A student should feel more confident about handling a task if they know that they have done it before. I would remind them of such and show them how it is the same by identifying the basics.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Different colored dry erase markers and a dry erase board are my favorite materials to use when tutoring. If not a dry erase, a pen and pad by the different colors are essential. My teachers have used this method for me - I will use it for my students.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My approach when meeting with students for the first time would include finding common ground regarding the subject. The student will share their concerns, and I will share my experience with learning and what made the information easier to recall in my case.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would constantly remind a student of his or her positive track record in the subject and always find a way to relate it to how it applies in the real world.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
In order to determine a student's area of difficulty, I would first observe how the student approaches the skill or concept. Once I see that they are making no progress, that is when I would intervene and offer suggestions based on what works for me.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I found that simply asking a student what that are having difficulties in to be a very important first step. I find that if people are seeking tutoring, they are willing to help me help them. Usually, when a student shares their difficulties, they will also share what they understand. If a student does not offer that information, I will ask.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Typically, a student will become discouraged and disinterested about a particular subject if they cannot establish where or how to begin. This is related to studying and solving problems. I would help him or her to develop a consistent way of initially approaching problems, which includes the identification of variables needed to take the next step in solving a problem.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
There are many different angles of approaching subject material. In order for me to be sure that a student understands material, I would evaluate his or her approach at these different angles, show him or her how it relates to an approach that he or she has already mastered, and congratulate him or her.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
A student's needs can be evaluated by observing his or her approach to a particular subject and by listening to a student's concerns. Also, an important factor in evaluating a student's needs is by evaluating his or her test results.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By having the patience and determination to truly give a student the information needed to understand the course material, one will adapt his or her way of tutoring.