Highest Level of Eduction Completed: 4-Year College
Degrees or Qualifications Earned: Bachelor’s of Science
Major or Specialization: Chemistry with a Minor in Biology & Psychology
Name(s) of Educational Institutions Attended: Xavier of Louisiana
Years of Tutoring Experience: 3
Grade Levels or Age Groups I Have Tutored (List All): 3rd-9th Grade
Tutoring Methodologies or Approaches Used: 1-on-1, Online Tutoring
Honors, Awards, or Scholarships Received:
- National Society of Leadership & Success
- Chemistry Club VP National Honor Society
I believe that with perseverance and hard work, students will rise to the occasion. Teaching is a process of learning from students, colleagues and parents, and I aim to bring a positive attitude, open mind and high expectations for my students into the sessions each day.
Strategies I Use to Engage & Motivate Students:
First and foremost I love tutoring. I want to make the course personal, showing why I am interested in the material. To keep students engaged especially in Math, I incorporate real-life situations, using games and puzzles and worksheets. I am encouraging and enthusiastic. Give effective and objective feedback. I am passionate and patient with students to let them know that mistakes and errors are normal. I strive to make change and progress everyday so we can meet our goals.
Please describe a memorable tutoring experience you’ve had and how you approached it. What strategies did you use to help the student understand the concept or overcome challenges they were facing?
One memorable tutoring experience I had in elementary math was with a student who was struggling with understanding fractions. To help them understand the concept better, I employed a few strategies.
Firstly, I used visual aids such as fraction bars and shapes to provide a tangible representation of fractions. This allowed the student to see and manipulate the different parts of a fraction, making it easier for them to grasp the concept.
Secondly, I broke down complex problems into smaller, more manageable steps. By doing so, I helped the student understand the process of solving fraction-related problems systematically.
Furthermore, I encouraged active participation and engagement from the student. This included asking them questions, providing real-world examples, and allowing them to explain their thought process. By doing this, I helped them develop problem-solving skills and gain confidence in their abilities.
Additionally, I incorporated various learning techniques, such as interactive games and educational apps, to make the tutoring sessions more enjoyable and interactive. This not only kept the student engaged but also reinforced the concepts we were discussing.
Lastly, I provided continuous positive reinforcement and encouragement. Building the student’s self-esteem and confidence was crucial in helping them overcome their difficulties with fractions. I always praised their efforts and acknowledged their progress, no matter how small.
Overall, my approach focused on breaking down complex concepts, using visual aids, encouraging active participation, utilizing interactive tools, and fostering a positive learning environment. Through these strategies, I was able to help the student improve their understanding of fractions and witness their growth and success.
Experience with Teaching:
I have had experience teaching both online and in person, and each has its own unique advantages and challenges. When teaching online, I found that technology allowed for greater flexibility and accessibility. I could easily share resources, videos, and interactive activities with my students, which enhanced their learning experience. Additionally, online platforms often provided communication tools for instant messaging or video conferencing, allowing for regular and convenient communication.
However, teaching online also presented some challenges. The lack of face-to-face interaction made it difficult to gauge students’ understanding and provide immediate feedback. It also required extra effort to maintain their attention and engagement throughout the lessons. Technical issues and connectivity problems could sometimes disrupt the flow of the class as well.
On the other hand, teaching in person allowed for more direct interaction and personalized attention. I could observe students’ body language and facial expressions, making it easier to assess their comprehension and address any concerns immediately. Building a rapport and establishing a classroom culture was also more natural in person.
However, teaching in person could be limited by physical constraints such as space and resources. It also required students to be physically present, which might not always be possible or convenient for everyone.
In conclusion, both online and in-person teaching have their pros and cons. As an educator, I strive to adapt my teaching style and utilize the available resources in whichever format I am teaching to ensure my students receive the best education possible.
Why Did I Want to Become a Tutor?
I always want to help students learn more because they are our future. Make a world better place and a difference motivates me everyday! Tutoring brings me comfort and joy.
What Actions Do I Take to Get a Disinterested Student Motivated?
To get a disinterested student motivated, I would try a few different approaches:
1. Understand their interests: I would try to understand the student’s interests and find ways to incorporate those into the subject matter. This can help make the material more engaging and relevant to them.
2. Break down tasks: If a student is feeling overwhelmed or disinterested, I would break down tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks. This can help them feel a sense of progress and accomplishment.
3. Provide real-world examples: I would provide real-world examples and applications of the subject matter to show the practical relevance. This can help motivate students by showing them how what they are learning can be applied in real life.
4. Offer incentives: Sometimes, providing incentives can help motivate a disinterested student. This can be as simple as offering praise, rewards, or even extra credit for completed assignments or improved performance.
5. Use interactive and multimedia resources: Incorporating interactive and multimedia resources, such as videos, simulations, or online games, can make the learning experience more engaging and enjoyable for disinterested students.
Overall, it’s important to approach each student as an individual and find strategies that resonate with them personally. Every student is unique, and what works for one may not work for another.
Positive Results I’ve Seen With Students in the Past:
I have seen students parents contact me constantly about how their child grades have improved and that they are thriving.
Encountered a Problem While I was Tutoring and How I Handled It:
One time, I encountered a problem while tutoring a student who was struggling with a difficult concept in mathematics. They were becoming frustrated and discouraged, which was hindering their progress.
To address this issue, I took a step back and reassessed my teaching approach. I realized that simply explaining the concept wasn’t enough for this particular student. So, I decided to use visual aids and practical examples to help them better understand the concept.
I also took the time to listen to their concerns and validate their feelings of frustration. By offering reassurance and encouragement, I helped to build their confidence and motivate them to keep trying.
Additionally, I broke down the concept into smaller, more manageable steps, allowing the student to approach it at their own pace. This helped alleviate some of their anxiety and allowed them to make progress gradually.
Through patience, understanding, and adapting my teaching methods, I was able to help the student overcome their difficulties and improve their understanding of the concept. Seeing their confidence grow and witnessing their success was truly rewarding for both of us.