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An outcomes-based education trained teacher from the land of the Pearls of the Orient Seas, Philippines. Graduated from one of the top Universities, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, with the degree Bachelor of Secondary Education - Mathematics. Took the Licensure exam for Professional Teachers in the Philippines and passed on the September 2015 board examination.

Dedication and perseverance is already a part of my name. Passion and professionalism is my game. Educating students in the way they could understand the subject that most of the people do not prefer, Mathematics. Try my tutoring and I'll help you with your Math as long as I could do it. Your choice based on the subjects approved to me. I'm excited to meet you! :)

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James’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Bachelors, Bachelor of Secondary Education - Mathematics

Graduate Degree: Marikina Polytechnic College - Current Grad Student, Master of Arts in Teaching - Mathematics

Hobbies

Reading, Surfing the Internet, Solving math problems, Reading facts

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra 2

Calculus

Discrete Math

Elementary School Math

Finite Mathematics

Geometry

High School Physics

Math

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School Math

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Science

Technology and Computer Science

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teaching philosophy is what holds a teacher from his passion as a teacher, instructor, mentor and educator. It is my point of view to pursue in sharing my knowledge, ability and skills to my learners as a part of their growth and to help them in choosing the path they want to go.

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

As a character of jolly and with respect to people, what I usually do is to ask some questions to know them better so I could manipulate what I could do to help them in the subject area where they have difficulty in understanding.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I could help them to become who they are as a learner and as a person by letting them do the solving on their own, with proper monitoring on what they are doing, helping them whenever needed.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

As a motivator, I could help my student be motivated in terms of encouraging them that even if they got wrong answers, it is not yet the end of the world. It is just a reminder that if we could make mistakes, we learn from it, and we could improve and not do it next time.

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

We would be practicing that a lot of times until the learner gets it. A teacher should not have the benefit of how he teaches the student, but rather, benefit the student on how he/she could learn the specific skill.

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

I help this kind of student by having them read short sentences and improving their vocabulary. It is important in solving math problems to be knowledgeable of the terms used in this field, thus, it is very helpful because it will cause them to understand a better way of solving the problem.

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

One of the strategies that I found helpful is by letting them know the basic steps on how to do things. The foundation of a mathematical operation. It is important to know and review this kind of things. Another is by interacting with them enthusiastically in a way that they are relieved and at ease with their teacher.

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

Personally, I make jokes and make them laugh so they could be excited and engage on my subject matter. Another way is to know the latest trends on the age group that I am teaching. It is important that I could integrate examples based on what they really are interested in.

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

I could use manipulative objects to ensure their understanding to the subject matter. Another one is by letting them have an assessment through the use of other measuring tools to know their understanding.

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

I usually do this by letting them know, or by openly informing them of their scores and grades. I will not be providing grades and scores that are not the way as they were expected. Knowing that they have an increase in their grade, especially for their math, builds their confidence in knowing their ability and that they could actually do it.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate it through the use of written and oral assessments. It helps me identify on what part of the lesson they are having a hard time with. It doesn't just help the students, but also me as their teacher to know what I am lacking.

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

I make them comfortable and let them trust me that I could help them; thus, a student will openly seek the teacher's advice and help me to know what they are in need of.

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

I usually use a pen and paper or markers and a whiteboard for students to understand it better. I could also use PowerPoints and test materials to evaluate them.


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