How far can one go without knowledge?
Knowledge is what makes humans superior to every animal and plant life around. It is not our strength, speed, or size that puts us on top. If that were the case; the lions, the cheetahs, and the elephants would be far superior to us. It is our knowledge and our implementation of it that sets us apart.
We do not live only to eat, sleep, and copulate... We build roads, bridges, dams, houses, and hospitals. We set laws, standards, morals, ethics, and so much more.
To change the world requires much knowledge and wisdom. We have a brain with the capability to better this world, not only for ourselves, but for generations to come.
So how far can one go without knowledge...?
Knowledge is something each and every one of us must go after,and we must acquire it (with patience) little by little. Just as mountains are made pebble by pebble.
We must learn from those who know, and teach to those who do not. I am currently a student of knowledge and hope to be till my last breath. I see no benefit in hoarding knowledge, it must be implemented and shared.
This is my life goal;
learn, implement, teach
A continuous cycle.
"Not equal are the blind and the seeing,
Nor are the darknesses and the light,
Nor are the shade and the heat"
"Are those who know equal to those who know not?" It is only men of understanding who will remember.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Tarrant County College District - Current Undergrad, Biochemical Engineering
Sports, watching cowboys, reading, memorizing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Humans are more superior to the king of the jungle (lion) and every animal in his kingdom! Why? knowledge.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know him or her and test their knowledge level and their communication level. I also need to ask what they REALLY want out of this.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Anything is possible with a proper mindset. The mind is a powerful tool that we possess, and it can make or break us. If you think you can't do something, then you've failed before you began. If you have a proper mindset WHILE dedicating time and effort, then you will reap the benefits.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
With a proper mindset! Do you want to be a janitor or the person who pays the janitor? There's nothing wrong with being a janitor though!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Figure out where he is getting stuck in the problem, try a new approach, and keep asking him questions.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would guide them through it step-by-step until they got the hang of it. Mountains are made from dirt. You can't expect everything all at once; patience, time, and effort is required.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Know who you are teaching and know the best way the student understands things.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Make it as entertaining or as interesting as you could make it. Bring real world example in and explain to them how this certain knowledge can benefit him/her in the present and future.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask them questions from different angles, make them think deeply, and make sure they are confident with their answers.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Bring out their strengths in other subject areas and point out that that did not happen out of thin air. They put time and effort into learning them and mastered them. Perhaps this subject will require more time and more effort, but they will never regret their completion/understanding of the subject matter.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Through his questions, lack of questions, through my questions, and from the parents.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I use different approaches for different students. If the student isn't responding well to one of my teaching styles, I tweak it a bit, and see how he responds. I use trial and error until it is trial and success.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Anything relevant and resourceful like the news, online games, different websites, etc. There are many different ways to teach a student through audio, visual, and spatial learning.