Do you even math? A question like this may bring to mind something like 'doing complicated calculations' or 'working out sums', but it is simply so much more. To me, mathematics is a language, explaining how our world works, such as why things exist as they do in geometrical space.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
First and foremost, treat all students with absolute equality, regardless of age, gender, nationality, or intellectual ability. I make it my business to understand the student's point of view, however erroneous, before attempting to give them my own. Meaning, when I do teach, I can choose a conceptual path that leads from the student's current understanding to a broader or more conventional one. Finally, enthusiasm and levity is critical to good teaching, and students respond well to it.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching students different, useful techniques and understanding what works best. Through that, one becomes more confident and willing to practice on their own to become more proficient.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By being patient and encouraging to not break a student's confidence.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Mainly listen to the student and watch them do some problems to understand the biggest area of need. From there, begin to explain what it is they might not be understanding.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Visual aids, drawings, and real-life applications.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Practice problems, quizzes, and oral questioning.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Patience when a student may be struggling, and encouragement when a student is excelling.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By listening and paying attention to what the student is working on.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Implementing one of the different strategies for teaching that particular skill or concept so that the student might understand.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Draw the question out or use visual aids to better understand the question.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Show the student how that particular subject may not be as hard as they may think.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Notepad, pencils, highlighters, and colored pencils.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By adjusting your teaching style, pace, and techniques based on the need of the student.