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William

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I was an award-winning Algebra instructor over 30 years, combining my background in Math and Counseling, working with students having Math anxiety. I offer tutoring in your home via Skype, accessible and convenient.

William’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Michigan University - Bachelors, Mathematics

Graduate Degree: Oakland University - Masters, Counseling & Guidance

Hobbies

Audio recording and music composition, video editing, media conversion


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I adapt my teaching to the student's learning style, going from known to unknown, making it real along the way.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Identify the student's learning style, then approach the subject matter accordingly.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Develop the student's skills and confidence towards becoming independent.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Make it real, explain the 'why,' and show the student how much they already know without realizing it.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Task analysis adapted to the student's learning style.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Break it down' into parts that the student can comprehend.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Personalization of material, not a standardized approach.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Make it personal.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Adaptation, explanation in the student's terms, and tailoring to the student's learning style.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Show them how much they already know, and build that foundation.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Assess their learning style using NLP, and then ask a lot of pertinent questions.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Different learning styles require different approaches, like different spokes to the hub of a wheel. My job, and my student's job, is to find out which spoke works best for them.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

My background in math and counseling provides a wide variety of approaches to the materials the student already has.