I am a recent high school graduate now in college classes with about a year of tutoring experience. I enjoy all subjects, but math at most levels, chemistry, and history at all levels are my favorite to both learn about and tutor others in. The kids that I have tutored span in age from 2nd grade through 10th grade and in all subjects.
My tutoring technique is being flexible and patient, basing each session on what they think they need help with. I maintain a positive and upbeat attitude and incorporate games and brain breaks into each session! Feedback is extremely important to me, both from the student as well as the parent!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Our first session is a get-to-know-each-other session. During this session, we usually play icebreaker games, talk about likes and dislikes, set goals for academia as well as tutoring, as well as assessment tests, to allow me to get the best understanding of where the student is at! I make these fun. games like Would-You-Rather and games like that to keep the attention present.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have tutored with a volunteer platform called Learn To Be for 6 months to a year at this point. Throughout that time, I have tutored kids spanning from 2nd grade through 9th grade. I tutor them in all subjects, including grade-level math, English, science, social studies/history, and Chemistry., though I prefer to teach K-5 in math, social studies, and reading.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
The first session with me is usually about $30-35/hour due to all of the after-session work and materials bought for your child. After that first session, it goes down to $20-25/hour.
How did you get started teaching?
One interest if mine has always been helping people in any way that I can. I knew that I always enjoyed helping my classmates if they had struggles, and I wanted to give back to my community and tutor even more, so I googled "online volunteer tutoring" and came across Learn To Be. After looking over their website, I applied to become one of their tutors and began tutoring!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Some advice I would give a student looking to hire a teacher in my area of expertise is to ask as many questions as you can. Such questions could be, "What makes you qualified to teach [insert subject]?" or "Did you struggle with [insert subject] and now understand it and can actually understand some of the confusion?" or "What makes you different from other tutors?"
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
One of the most important things I think that students should think through before talking to teachers about their needs is their comfort level with the teacher. For example, asking themselves if they are comfortable enough telling the teacher that they do not understand the material the way it is being taught. Another question to think about is what exactly does the student need? Do they not understand the material at all? What is it about the material that they do not understand? If they don't know, ask the teacher/tutor to help them figure out what they need specific help with.