I strongly believe that no person is incapable of learning and that all people want to learn deep down. I am naturally curious and by nature I think almost everyone is, the only key is finding that thing that each person responds to and bringing them down a path that goes hand-in-hand with success. While grades are clearly important, focusing only on numerical progress is the mind killer; grades will come once the student is engaged on the level that they comprehend and deserve.
I offer advancement, but at the same time my larger goal in any interaction is to make sure the student knows why they are learning something. If someone thinks that what they are learning is rote or irrelevant to them, there is little chance that they will truly, meaningfully learn from the subject matter.
In my tutoring, I strongly believe in the application of dialogue, real world relevance, and hands-on interaction with the subject matter. Most importantly however, I believe there is no one way to handle all students. In application, this means that my job, as opposed to a standard professor's, is to find and laser target the specific way a student best learns.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Florida - Current Undergrad, Political Science and Government
ACT Composite: 31
ACT English: 34
ACT Reading: 33
ACT Science: 31
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1400
SAT Verbal: 730
SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 700
Music, Television, Video Games, Tabletop Games, Writing
ACCUPLACER Language Use
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
College Political Science
College World History
COMPASS Writing Skills
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Science
FCAT 2.0 Prep
Florida EOC Assessment Prep
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School Political Science
High School World History
High School Writing
IB Global Politics
IB Mathematical Studies
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Tests Prep
US Constitutional History
What is your teaching philosophy?
Relation to real-world usefulness is the first place I would look to motivate a student's interest in learning the skill. Once I'm certain that interest has been piqued, we'll identify what exact part of the skill or concept the student is having trouble with by walking through it step by step. Then after solving a single problem together that way, we'll solve two or three others to reinforce the concept, letting the student attempt to handle them alone and helping if needed to avoid a full stop.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
You must first identify what part of comprehension the student is having difficulty with and work with them individually until they can begin to summarize and explain what they are given to read, without your outside input, accurately and creatively.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Generally speaking, the most effective strategy for working with a student 1-1 depends on the type of work involved. Generally the most effective tutoring method I have found involves moving a student gradually from working together with me, guiding them step by step through examples, to working on their own and asking me for help, to solving the problems independently of me, to being able to correct planted mistakes I may have "made" to demonstrate their mastery.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
While positive reinforcement is a fantastic way to get people involved in a subject they may not enjoy, the most instantly effective method is undoubtedly to relate that subject to their interests in a way that encourages them to begin making progress.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The easiest and quickest way to ensure that a student completely understands material is this: after the student has completed several problems on their own, ask them, essentially, to solve a problem. If they get the problem correct, insist they didn't. Show them an incorrect "potential" solution. See if they point out what is wrong with it. If they don't, they need more practice. If called out on the deception, the student both understands the concept and has confidence in their own ability to correctly solve the problems presented.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
The best way to build a student's confidence in a subject is to prove to them that not only can they accurately answer questions on a given topic, but they can defend the answers to those questions with their own knowledge and evidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
The best way to evaluate a student's needs is to talk with them. Open dialogue will always be more effective than trying to see what their parent or guardian wants them to learn. If you are honest with a student, more often than not you will be able to push through any anxiety they might have about the subject so they can honestly discuss their stumbling blocks.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The most important thing I can do as a teacher is talk to the student about what they want. More often than not, they will know what they want and seek a tutor because the tutor will be willing to teach them how they want to be taught. It is my responsibility to know various teaching styles to adapt them to the individual student for an extended period of time.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I prefer for the student to bring their own materials, because while I can adapt, familiarity with their own materials is of critical importance for the student. Other than that, I generally use my smartphone or tablet for various uses as well as the tutoring platform.