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I am a current student at the University of Maryland. I was lucky enough to have great teachers that helped me excel at math in school, and because of them I developed a passion for it. I love to help my friends whenever they need math help, so I hope that I will be able to help many more students through Varsity Tutors!

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Kristina’s Qualifications

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Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland-College Park - Current Undergrad, Communication


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What is your teaching philosophy?

I think the easiest way to learn is through visualization. So whenever I am explaining something to a student, I like to draw it out for to them to ensure they do not get lost, and they can visually see what I am talking about.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I like to explain something to a student step by step, and then after a few examples I have them do it on their own. That helps me ensure that they are getting a good understanding, and it helps me weigh their progress.

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

I would talk to the student, and introduce myself to them and have them do the same. Then I would get a feel for where they are academically, so I know exactly how to approach our sessions.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Keep up to date with them, and compare any of their struggles to my own to ensure them that they can excel.

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

I would break it down for them step by step and have them visualize that specific skill or concept. I believe that the easiest way to learn is through visualization.

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

I would simplify a passage to make sure that the student understands each piece, and that will lead to them understanding how the passage works as a whole.

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

Explanation and simplification.

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

I would try to make it fun and apply the subject to everyday activities.

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

I would have a student do problems on their own after we have broken down similar examples together.

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

Practice, practice, practice.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I try to analyze the areas that they are struggling in. That helps me see what is and what is not working for a student, which in turn helps me cater to their needs.

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

A lesson and practice problems.

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

I make sure that what I am telling them actually makes sense. If not, I shape my teaching strategies into something that they will understand and enjoy.

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