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Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - Bachelors, Mathematics
Music, Improv, Technology
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
PC Basic Computer Skills
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Inspire the student to be determined to understand.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them, and find out how they think they learn best. Discuss a few questions that have been puzzling them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Explain how we approach each question. Why do we do it this way? How does it benefit us?
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Encouragement. Celebrate every baby step. They add up to leaps.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Continue to find different approaches to teaching the material.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Counsel the student without judgement. Try to understand the specific problem. Incorporate, where possible, ways to improve it in our studies. If that is not adequate, I would recommend they seek other sources of help.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Listening, patience and encouragement. Let the student know I am not there to judge them. I want nothing but to see them learn and succeed.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Show where it might impact their life now or in the future. Create real-world examples they can relate to.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask the student to explain it to me. Ask them questions about the subject, in a different situation, to see if they can apply the concepts.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Teach, quiz and reward every part of the learning process. Teach in small steps that can be grasped before we pull it all together.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Ask them questions about the subject at hand. Start with something simple and work through greater difficulties.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Patience. See how they react to the first lesson. Does the light bulb go on? If not, go back. Try another approach. It's my duty to find an approach that the student can grasp.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Diagrams, lists, and printed references.