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Top 30 Private Tutor Interview Questions

Question 1 of 32
Describe the best session you have had with a student. What made it successful?
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Question 2 of 32
What environment do you prefer for tutoring?
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Do you like a quiet atmosphere for tutoring? Or, do you prefer the hustle and bustle of a lot of people around? Simply share your preferred environment for tutoring being sure to express that you are a-okay with other types of environments too! You simply would choose this environment in a perfect world.
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Question 3 of 32
Tell me about your past experiences tutoring individuals.
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Tell the interviewer where you have worked as a tutor, the age of your students, subjects taught, and how long you worked in each role. Be sure to mention something that you really liked about each tutoring role you have been involved with. It will help the interviewer see your passion for tutoring!
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Question 4 of 32
How do you handle stressful situations?
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The interviewer is really looking for past experiences that you have been in that have been stressful. They want to get to know your background better. Highlight these examples, tell them how you remained calm and held your composure. Tell the interviewer what you learned from those experiences. A good example, when you have been in stressful situations, you have found its best to remain calm so you can think through any challenges that you are facing. Try to think of these examples before the interview because this is a very common interview question and may likely be asked.
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Question 5 of 32
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands?
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There are many techniques that you might use, and the interviewer simply wants to hear that you have a plan. Common responses might include: - Having students 'teach' each other after a lesson. If they can teach it, they know it! - Comprehension testing - Homework assignments - Observing during games or contests to see which students seem to have caught on and which ones have not Simply share your favorite techniques, and explain why you like them!
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Question 6 of 32
What are you most proud of in your tutoring career?
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Question 7 of 32
How well has your college/university prepared you for the field of teaching?
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Question 8 of 32
How will you instruct students with varying abilities?
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Question 9 of 32
What is the toughest problem you've had to face? And how did you overcome it?
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Question 10 of 32
Why are you the best person for this job?
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Question 11 of 32
Please tell me about your most challenging experience while working with children.
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Question 12 of 32
Describe the best lesson you have delivered. Why was it successful?
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Question 13 of 32
Have you had any bad experiences being a tutor?
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Question 14 of 32
Are you a positive and energetic person?
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Question 15 of 32
What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds?
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Question 16 of 32
Is there a person in your life who has really made a difference?
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Question 17 of 32
What was your most rewarding experience educating students?
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Question 18 of 32
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 19 of 32
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 20 of 32
What challenges are you looking for in a position?
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Question 21 of 32
How do you feel when a student fails?
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Question 22 of 32
What was the last book you read?
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Question 23 of 32
What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?
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Question 24 of 32
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
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Question 25 of 32
What made you want to become a tutor?
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Question 26 of 32
How do you stay organized?
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Question 27 of 32
What kind of academic training do you have in the subject you are tutoring?
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Question 28 of 32
Do you have experience working with different learning styles?
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Question 29 of 32
What is your availability? Do you have your own transportation?
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Question 30 of 32
How do you measure progress or address obstacles?
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Question 31 of 32
What are your career goals?
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Question 32 of 32
Have you done any tutoring before? For how many years?
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Question 1 of 32
Describe the best session you have had with a student. What made it successful?
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I recently helped one of my students acheive her goal of bumping her grades. She went from a C to a B on her next exam. I didn't give up on her no matter how frustrated it got for her. I made sure she understood the material thoroughly.
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During my first session with one of my students, he began sullen and unwilling to even try any of his homework problems. By showing him how to break down the questions successfully, he was doing problems on his own and smiling. Seeing that change in such a short time was very gratifying.
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Never had a student before.
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It was when I helped a girl from church with homework. I knew very well the chapter she was struggling with and I used real life experiences to explain it.
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I once tutored Calculus to a student and he within an hour we were done with the topic, then I gave him some practice questions to know if he understood what we did and it was not just a hoax. He did very good on it and did not ask a lot questions during the quiz. I'll say what made it successful was that we had been working for a while already and I had advised him to revise his work after class so it can always have a fresh memory when solving questions.
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The student was respectful, listened to what I had to say and I was able to give clear and concise information about the subject.
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The student understood completly what has been taught and gave positive feedback.
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A session where there is a good chemistry between student and tutor, and outcome is improvement of student.
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When Maahil and I found a great book about dragons that was exactly at his level.
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During my best session I had with a student, the communication between the both of us was great. I think that is the key when tutoring. The student needs to communicate to the tutor what it is he doesn't understand, and it is the tutors job to communicate effectively the concepts.
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Student was motivated, I was an expert on the subject and the student himself could see the improvement being made.
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The best session I had with a student was when the student showed great problem solving skills to a complex question and using the skills I had taught her over time,
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The best session I have had with a student was one where the student was able to fully explain the difficult concepts that I had taught her.
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Most of my sessions are successful, but the best ones are when the student comes in asking about a question, but actually wants to learn the material rather than be given the answer. When the student is engaged in learning, it's always better for each of us. The best session would have to be when I can see the student applying a concept I just taught them to a new and novel situation, b/c I know learning has taken place.
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So far I have had no session. It was only informal session which turned out to be a success. The learner was interactive, asked as many questions as possible.
Question 2 of 32
What environment do you prefer for tutoring?
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A teamwork environment, one where I can be creative and take the initiative. Open communication and staff a approachable.
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I do not prefer any environment for tutoring. As long as my student view it as conducive, I could work with it.
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I prefer tutoring in an environment with a smaller tutor:student ratio because it allows me to help each student more individually.
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I prefer a personal one on one tutorial.
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I would choose either a library or a home to give the session a more relaxed feel and calm the students' nerves.
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I prefer the quiet environment, where there's little distraction.
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A quiet space with little distraction, but that the student also feels comfortable in.
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One on one in a quiet space with desk space and chairs.
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Easy going, relaxed but most importantly well managed and strict.
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Engaging, hands on, professional and warm and clean.
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I like an environment where I am able to communicate freely but effectively with the student. I want us both to feel comfortable learning and teaching one another through our ways of learning and teaching. I would also prefer where we both have fun and not see it as something tedious.
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Not intimidating and wherever students are more focused.
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An environment where we students can learn and at the same time interact with one another.
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I like to make sure that we have a clean study area, and we have a quiet area fit for studying.
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A calm and quiet area, where we can both consecrate and work together.
Question 3 of 32
Tell me about your past experiences tutoring individuals.
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It was a really nice experience.I get immense pleasure from working and I love teaching.
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I think that generally I have good memories from my teaching career to remember.
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I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to help and support the students in what they found more difficult and challenging. Having a small group enable to address very specifically the difficulties of the students.
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As I stated before, I have experience tutoring an individual whose primary language is not English. Additionally, I am currently tutoring a student who has just completed middle school and who is needing help with his writing and grammar. We are currently going through a number of writing and grammar exercises to help him feel more comfortable with high school level English assignments.
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I used be a tutor of AP Chemistry in my high school, and the most valuable thing I learned is that the best/correct answer is not as important as the proper thinking method. Sometimes, some tutor just told the answers to the tutees; it sounds a efficient way to solve tutee problem, but actually neither tutor nor tutee learn anything from each other. However, in my AP Chemistry, when I started to learn how to lead my tutees into a proper thinking process for Chemistry problems, I found it is easier for tutee to solve the problems, not just the problems they asked me; also I can found the my tutee's real problems on the subject. Because the mistake is nothing except I can found what causes the mistake.
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Experience teaching phonetics and reading to elementary-school children, and then editing and tutoring siblings and friends in various papers.
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During my free time, I tutored my younger brother and his friends in english and commerce subjects such as business studies, economics and accounting for varying ages between 9-16 years. I taught them individually and in small groups of up to 4 students.
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I have tutored maths and science in high school as part of a volunteering program.
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Let's talk science, tutoring students, teacher assistant.
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I've only tutored friends and family for 2 years of high school and since I've been in college.
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I completed a course in English home tutoring and continued tutoring for over a year, Am also a workplace trainer in my job as quality assurance associate, where I train staff of different backgrounds and age groups. Assessing understanding and competency is an important aspect of the job.
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I previously had to tutor a young student who did not concentrate and even though it was challenging at times, I did manage to be creative and through my own initiative, I was able to get the student to complete the require work by making the tasks age-appropriate and therefore fun for him. The student then enjoyed learning and his results improved impeccably.
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Very good sometime challenging with disruptive pupils but time teaches so well to overcome the difficulties.
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I don't have any experience tutoring individuals yet but I am certain that I have teaching skills that allow me to teach the German Language on a high level.
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Well my past experiences of tutoring individuals would be just after high school, where I tutored students in my grades below me. I did this for about 6 months or so, and the students I taught have experienced success with my tutoring methods.
Question 4 of 32
How do you handle stressful situations?
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I remain calm which will also calm the students. I then try to find the cause for it and a good solution.
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I may call friends and talk them my situation right now.Sometimes I may do exercise and listen music.
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I usually listen to music to stay calm, I walk my dogs and get some fresh air.
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I usually remain calm and then I try to find a solution.
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I would remain calm and try to figure out the root of the problem and keeping the student calm as well.
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I think that in stressful situations it is always important to maintain a sense of calm. People pick up on negative emotions and panic is incredibly contagious. I grew up in a busy and often hectic household and my university experience has definitely been stressful. However, I have learned to take a moment to regain perspective in order to avoid escalating the situation, whatever it may be.
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Take a deep breath and think of all possible responses and choose best one.
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Think about what is the biggest priority, and focus on a small aspect of it a time and get as much done as I can.
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Stress has a positive side for me. I work better under pressure. I double my efforts and make sure that there are no time for mistakes.
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Take a deep breath, offer a short break for the student and afterwards when everybody is calm come back to it and talk it through.
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Real life examples while teaching, asking questions, giving practise questions.
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I take a deep breathe and take the situation at a step at a time.
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I think that stressful situations in this industry need to be avoided at all costs. Personally I would try my absolute best to not appear stressed because the first stage of effectively teaching is to be that person that your student looks to and not the person who is stressed in front of them, this causes more mistakes from the teacher and more un-comfort for the student.
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With a cool, calm head. I am not easily shaken. Deep breath, then tackle the problem one step at a time.
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Clam myself down and try to find solution.
Question 5 of 32
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands?
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Ask students some similar questions and lead them to explain to me the subject matter. Ask students to review what they learned.
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Asking a student to evaluate on their answers in a confident way is an easy indication to whether the student understands or not.
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The techniques I would use in order for my student to understand what i'm saying is that I will use pictures for them to be able to understand what the pictures telling.
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Ask student similar question and lead them explain me the subject.
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Ask student if they understand. If so, give them a practice question and give them some time to attempt it. If they can do it, move on to slightly more advanced version of questions. If they cannot complete the question, do it together with them, and explain again along the way.
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I ask the student similar questions or I ask to make a short revision or I give worksheets relative to the topic.
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Use different situations for the method to be applied and see how the student responds and if they apply the method to the different questions.
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The most effective technique is the audio-visual technique.
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Give them a problem and I will see whether they understand the concept or not, or get them to create their own question.
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Questions, explanation. I would listening to them, sometimes they just need to talk about certain subject out load for them to realize that they understand it.
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I would give the student some questions to answer and if I see them struggling I would then further explain how to approach the problem.
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I think its crucial that effective communication is ensured at all times. Even to the point where both the student and the teacher must create a bridge that may involve one or the other going out of their comfort zones. Personally this would cater for the student. If I have to write a diary every week or call their parents or just have a chat at the start of the session to make sure he/she understands. Then I would.
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Check in frequently, ask them to paraphrase or explain to me what they are doing, and take breaks and come back to things periodically.
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After teaching them one concept, test them.
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Visuals, class participation, demonstration with real life example, memorization or combination.
Question 6 of 32
What are you most proud of in your tutoring career?
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When I was a sophomore in college, I was able to tutor a woman who needed help in her conversational English. Her primary language was Polish and I was able to meet with her and help her achieve her goals. While it was a learning experience for me, it was also incredibly rewarding in many ways.
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Helping students achieve their goals.
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I am proud every time a student succeeds. When I can see the student gain a new understanding of a topic they have been struggling with, I am extremely proud. Also, when a student has a good test result after having been very stressed or nervous because of previous failing or unsuccessful grades.
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Teaching a really low ability group about 3D shapes and an especially low child who was on an IEP understood and was able to name and discuss properties of a cone.
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I once tutored a student who was studying primary 5. At first she was afriad about English and she can only get a hard pass in exams. Later on I discover that what she was afraid of was actually spelling, so I kept making notes and had game with her, after two months, she ranked high in her 2nd exam.
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Seeing personal and not just academic growth from my tutees.
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Students who previously failed at their exams, gcse or a level after a few months tutoring they succeeded.
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When I see students improve and excel.
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Personally I would have to say that helping one student with autism during my work experience and knowing that my skills and my effort ensured that he enjoyed himself but also remembered the experience and can gain positive ideas from it.
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I love overhearing pupils tell their friends or parents how much they like the material they were struggling with, or that it became much easier.
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The ability to guide students and see them grow successful individuals not only in their career but also as human beings.
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My student, during 10th grade boards exams, went from getting 35/100 to 88/100
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I love seeing how confident children become when they learn how to do something on their own, like read.
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The most of hmm about teaching little kids, to see how much fun they had, that wasnt a job for them, just fun learning.
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Am proud that I have been able to impact my students with enough knowledge to do well in class and also outside of class.
Question 7 of 32
How well has your college/university prepared you for the field of teaching?
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I think that many cases during my career were predicted and successfully treated due to my university studies.
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I have a strong basis academically, and I have good communication skills.
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For one, I am currently majoring in English which is the subject that I am most interested in tutoring. Additionally, many of my university classes have been small and discussion-based, allowing me many opportunities to share what I am learning. This exchange is incredibly reminiscent of teaching because I will often receive feedback or a response to what I have contributed which allows me to know whether or not I am communicating clearly.
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Occidental College exposed me to a vast amount of knowledge. As a philosophy major I learned how to think and reason much more efficiently and to use my vocabulary to express myself more precisely. I actually think that, in terms of teaching and tutoring skills, my high school helped me out more. The one on one classroom environment taught me that any student can be engaged with, and that the vast vast majority of people enjoy learning new things, as long as they are presented in a manner that is understandable to the individual.
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I am confident in my teaching ability.
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I feel my college/ university has prepared me sufficient and feel confident in the field of teaching.
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Fantastically well! We had a lot of tutoring opportunities to work with and take advantage of.
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I do not have any expirence in teaching, however I am passionate for teaching.
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My degree has nothing to do with teaching. But I have taught a number of topics in class presentations, and helped my fellow students understand the same effectively.
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College has given me the knowledge to understand that, people come from all different backgrounds and therefore children have a vast array of needs. Good teaching meets the needs of students. Gives them the tools and techniques to overcome obstacles and accept new challenges. I believe the circle of learning starts with the teacher and ends with the student.
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College has given me the knowledge to understand that people come from all different backgrounds and therefore children have a vast array of needs. Good teachings meet the needs of students, gives them the tools and techniques to overcome obstacles and accept new challenges, I believe the circle of learning starts with the teachers and ends with the students.
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I thing my school was very good, I had prctice in all three types of school.. As well as active and passive practice, observing, teahcers were demanding, and I am proud that I finished that school even thoug it was no high university or ivy league.
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They have prepared me to a high standard. We do a self assessment program were you judge yourself on your ablitiy and then you have someone observe you to make sure what you said is true.
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I have not studied in teaching. However I have done volunteer home tutoring.
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With masters and bachelors degree in microbiology, I am well familiar with the topics covered in high school biology and college biology. I have also taken some college level biology classes including a and p 1 and 2, human nutrition. I have tutored at both levels, so I am very confident with my education.
Question 8 of 32
How will you instruct students with varying abilities?
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I would use a variety of techniques such as discussion, reading, worksheets, projects.
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I would look at their strengths and weaknesses and make an individual program plan based on their abilities.
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Make my lesson plans varied, for example, use diagrams, quizzes, interactive Q & A session.
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Assess their abilities at first then prioritize their needs and work on it with them.
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My previous work experience, especially as a CA, has exposed me to many different people. Ive found that I can gauge a person and am able to explain concepts to them in varying languages.
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By adopting the philosophy of differentiated learning, I will design and develop individual frameworks for effective teaching based on personalized avenues of leaning. These personalized instructions will provide different materials, arrangements and strategies for students of varying abilities and needs.
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Well foremost, I would get to know the student a bit more first, ask them what about it it is about a certain question or a particular topic is and work from there. It is important to understand that everyone is unique with unique abilities.
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I would look at their strengths and weaknesses and make an individual program to suit them.
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Differentiate tasks and input.
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I guess it depends on what the variance in their abilities is. If someone simply requires more practice to understand a concept, then that seems like the obvious solution. If someone has a hard time learning by listening, then more visual cues should be used, and vice versa. Understanding how the student interacts with and learns material is the most important part of being a tutor.
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Ask them about their abilities to tutor accordingly.
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Students will benefit from different learning style, I will try it hopefully one or the combination of few will work.
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Understand what they vary and using different technic to teach them.
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Depending on what helps them learn-audio, visual, both, or written material. I believe in grasping a logic before understanding,
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I let them do as much as they can on their own and wait for them to ask for help, (for students that are confident at reading), for students that are better at numbers, I read the lesson with them, I might have them take turns reading paragraphs.
Question 9 of 32
What is the toughest problem you've had to face? And how did you overcome it?
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I had to prepare a dyslectic student for university entrance exams-I focused on his oral performance by improving his confidence.
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When customers upset.. Talk.
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Absolutely I would say the toughest challenge I had to face was being engaged with school and life in general during the first couple years of high school. Luckily the administration at Gunn asked me to leave, and the one on one style of teaching appealed to both me and my parents as a tool to keep me engaged during class. Luckily, I blossomed and became a huge fan of learning and knowledge, leading to me being a philosophy major at Occidental and generally spending my time trying to cultivate my mind.
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Young learn with a short attention span. I am still working on it.
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My toughest problem was preparing for GRE in 3 months. I put myself in deep, studying. I studied for 8-20 hours in the day.
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I cant think of any considering my teaching work, but I had one in my educational career, I coludnt manage to pass my master degree and in still in the middle of it, the same was with my bachelor degree but I finally manage, I told myself that I had to d it I had to suceed to prove not to everyone but to myself that its important and that I can do it!
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In MS and solve by spending lot of time on it.
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I called problems challenges. The toughest challenge I have had to face was to go through school with little financial support and I still managed to graduate as top 5% in my class.
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In my last position, I was training a sales team member in procedures and common phone manners. She was very organised, but lacked in being able to have a sales "conversation" with the clients - it just did not flow. These things are difficult to teach, especially because she spoke in the same manner with me, meaning that it was a personality trait. My supervisor had a particular way that he wanted our team to speak with clients and so we needed to practice. Unfortunately, it was just not "her" to speak like that and she valued professionalism above "fun" phone manners. In the end, we were able to use this to her advantage. Together we practiced positive words instead, which was one of the issues. She began to understand that how one uses words is highly important. Thereafter, she sounded happier on the phone because she knew how to express it through the words she was using, but maintained her professional manner.
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It would probably have to be losing my brother my freshman year of college. It was just before school started and I was still dealing with the death. I had to write a paper and present my paper to the entire class. The paper was about the person that influenced and inspired us the most. I decided that as difficult as it would be to talk about, I wanted to share my experience to see whether it could help others. Maybe someone else was dealing with the same thing. So I ultimately decided to share it with the class and do the presentation.
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CAPA for systemic problem with label management. Involved updating/clarifying procedure, retraining of warehouse and production staff, reinforcing importance of checks and balances and constant monitoring to ensure standards are maintained.
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The toughest problem I've had to face was making the transition from being a medical student to becoming a doctor and helping people in real life situations. I overcame it by developing a close relationship with both my peers and my mentors and by constantly practicing and honing my skills.
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I've had to overcome many obstacles in my life. The toughest situation in the work place was an unmanageable classroom, etc, etc,
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It was while I was working with a very mixed level students at the migrant shool in Athens. I did not work with a textbook; I used activities from books and modified them and then monitored students closely while they were working on them.
Question 10 of 32
Why are you the best person for this job?
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I am the best person for the job because of my passion for learning. Students sometimes need that extra help, and I feel that everyone deserves the opportunity to strive for greater learning.
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I believe that I am the right candidate for this job because I have got the skill, I am a hard working student and will be of great influence to my juniors. I have got the passion for learning and students sometimes need that extra help.
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Good at subject and not scary.
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I think I have an intimate knowledge of the one on one teaching environment, and the pitfalls of the one on thirty teaching environment that would lead students to seek out individualized instruction.
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I am passionate about my subjects and enjoy the learning, teaching process.
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I am a quick learner, I am a good communicater, and I have the patience required for this job.
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I love kids and I am passionate to it.
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I may not know everything, but what I do, I know best. Also, I am student, it helps me understand a student psyche better.
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I do not have a degree, but I do have a wide range of experience working with children in a variety situations from a variety of different backgrounds. From teaching reading in their home to supervising them in a youth center.
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The best is too much, but I think im suitable, I have much time to prepare to my job, I have experience and knowledge.
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As I am a motivated individual and very enthusiastic person who strive to be an expert in my field.
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I like to solve challanging problems as well teach student I'll most like physics and math.
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I have testimonies of students who have benefitted from my tutoring skills. Just yesterday, one of my student after sitting for her preap biology test in genetics 2, sent a jubilating text to her mum saying she got everything right on the test. She went further to tell her mum that I should be teaching in her school. This is just one out of many. I am confident of my ability to help every client develop confidence in themselves about any subject as well as succeeding.
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I am the best person for this job because I have passion for teaching. I have accomplished so many things due to an organisation such as IELTS and I would love to give back. Since I have a personal affiliation with the company I feel like I would be the best fit because I want to help and want to ensure others have the same possibilities that I had.
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I feel like I could he a valuable asset here. I have personal experience in working with psychology and the statistics that most students feel are useless, so I can help them understand the importance. Once students understand the importance of something, they tend to be more motivated to learn it.. Plus, I feel that I'm great with communicating information and helping people learn.
Question 11 of 32
Please tell me about your most challenging experience while working with children.
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Ask him or her to complete on their own a sample question that is similar to the one I just explained to them and ask them to give full explaination of their reasoning of answering the question in that particular way.
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My most challenging experience was to present properly my main topic at a large group of students who were not interested for this topic.
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Working with students who have got sharp minds, and they can overcome my knowledge.
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Since they are young, they often get distracted. As a tutor you need to figure out a way to instruct that keeps their attention.
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My very first job was at a gym called Fitness 19. I worked in the kids room where I watched children while their parents completed their workout. There would be many times where the kids room was incredible busy and it would be difficult to remain calm. Any kids from 6 months to 12 years old could participate in the kids room and sometimes, there would be multiple crying babies and several different aged kids needing something from at the same time. As it was my first job, this was overwhelming. However, I think it really helped me navigate difficult situations.
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Coaching middle school basketball, when the girls team came around it was impossible to control our students.
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Teach fractions for a student with learning disability.
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Their dishonesty if they dont grasp a topic. They have to tell me immediately, so we can finish solving and then move on to complicated stuff.
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With a 11th stundered student because she didn't have any interest in physics.
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When a child is tired, it becomes difficult to teach them. I always ask them if they are tired, if they a little time to cool off before/during the tutoring period.
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I was volunteering with some kindergartners and one of the students had a behavioral problem. He didn't like to listen to yhe teachers or follow along with the lessons. So we had to bargain with him and we ended up using operant conditioning. We rewarded him with stickers and moving his card up to blue when he was doing well, and punished him by moving his card to yellow and taking away his recess time when he was not doing well.
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Probably the younger refugee children, who were unfamiliar with NZ, english and the education system. Shy so hard to gauge levels of understanding. Important to establish safe environment so they can be themselves and ask questions. Did this by sitting at big round table together with their older siblings and engaging everyone.
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My most challenging experience while working with children was getting them to concentrate long enough to understand an abstract concept. I dealt with this by looking for real life examples that illustrated the concept that they could easily relate to.
Question 12 of 32
Describe the best lesson you have delivered. Why was it successful?
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I taught a lesson about the metric system. It started with a story about King Henry which explained the mnemonic device King Henry Does Usually Drink Chocolate Milk. After that, we made a metric staircase which had the metric symbols as well as the words from the mnemonic and we discussed how to use it to convert measurements. Finally, we played a game as a class where students were in two teams standing at the front of the room holding cards with numbers on them. One student on each team was holding the decimal point. We then made it a race to convert the number that would be written on the board from one measurement (i. E. Cm) to another (i. E. M). After this lesson, students were much more confident in their abilities to convert measurements using the metric system. I think this lesson was successful because it used a variety of different types of activities -- a mnemonic device, a craft-type activity, it got the kids up and active, it had a bit of competition involved. It appealed to a variety of different learning styles and intelligences. These are the types of activities that I like to incorporate into my tutoring. I make sure to get to know my students enough to have a good idea of what they like and where their strengths lie so that I can choose the types of activities that appeal to them.
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Teaching prime numbers using Aristophanes sieve. The student learned not just about the prime numbers but also how mathematicians work, how they explore something.
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It was in my undergrad, a chemistry question, I explained it so well, that everybody actually wrote what I explained and secured marks.
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On physics and success because I gave demo as well.
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I delivered a lesson on how to use punnete square to determine genotypic and phenotypic ratio using several examples. I believe it was successful because I used fun style to deliver the lesson. I used mnemonics and videos to make it easy for my student to remember.
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One of the best lessons that I delivered would be when I was at Philips. I had a strong group of people, but they were strong in very different areas. Sometimes they were not able to engage properly and were not really interested. I had to make it fun, so I divided them into two groups and divided the day into two. One group was inside and the other outside, we were using Google on the new smart TV to show the other group directions. The target was Starbucks and they were allowed to buy themselves a coffee if they wanted. In that way, they were practicing their technical skills and their soft skills while being able to get a treat at the end. It was successful because it was fun for them, there weren't any prices, but they were using their skills to actually explain and guide another group to a treat. In the end, the people in the group had bonded and they became much more engaging in the rest of the classes.
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The best lesson I delivered was probably in my Social Psychology methods class. It was treated like a graduate level class, so we were the ones teaching it. I had to do a presentation on my favorite pseudoscience. I chose iridology. I had to explain ehat it was, why it was a pseudoscience and why it wasn't considered factual. I considered it successful since I used many different methods to keep my classmates entertained yet able to learn. I used audiovisuals and kept my presentation enjoyable yet educational.
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The best lesson I have delivered was one in which I taught a group of students and then asked them to give a presentation on the topic. I was amazed at their creativity and the insight with which they explained the concepts I had taught. They had taken what I had taught them and gone a step further to apply it. To me that was success.
Question 13 of 32
Have you had any bad experiences being a tutor?
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No, I find that people who seek out individualized attention are more easily engaged and want to make it work. The only problems I have run into are lack of attention span (read: middle school boys and girls).
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No, not exactly. I had some challenge but overall the last few years were full of good experiences.
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I haven't had any bad experiences as a tutor, I have the ability to manage every student that comes my way. I believe in everyone and I make them know. I value and respect my client and since respect is reciprocal, I have not had any issue in my tutoring experience.
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I have not had any bad experiences being a tutor. But I also believe that every experience is a learning experience: either for the best or so you know and find out what works and doesn't work with someone. If they refuse to work with it, you could always try another tutor or different approaches.
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Yes. One of them has been the failure of one of my students in exams. I felt personally responsible even though I had done the best in my power to help her.
Question 14 of 32
Are you a positive and energetic person?
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Yes! I am very much positive and energetic person.
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Yes! And I always make sure to bring that to a tutoring session. I make sure to show up with a smile on my face and provide lots of verbal encouragement because I know that getting students excited and building their confidence is a key to their success.
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Yes! I love videogames and discussing and reading philosophy, as well as hiking and playing basketball. I enjoy working, competing, and improving alongside other likeminded individuals.
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Yes. I am positive and I put energy/passion in my tutoring/teaching time. This is essential in order to get your student motivated as well.
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I consider myself to be, yes. I was a hostess at a restaurant for a year and you have to be pretty upbeat, positive, and energetic for that.
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Yes... Always believe that its possible to achieve excellence in studies. And will keep trying till get there.
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I'm a very positive and energetic person. I'm enthusiastic about my work and I believe that learning can be a fun filled process.
Question 15 of 32
What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds?
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According famlilies need , talks to the parents about the kids culutal.
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Ask them what their culture looks like and show deep interest to know about their background. That will show them you are interesting and caring person.
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I tried to make them feel comfortable by asking about their culture and showing respect for their diversity.
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Coming from the Caribbean and to North American I have worked with kids both of African, oriental and caucasian descent.
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I tutored at UHD where the student body is very diverse. There are quite a number of indian, pakistan, chinese, japanese students. So I have tutored all these types of students during my tutoring hours.
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I used to volunteer at a school were the kids were from all different backgrounds, so I keep a open mind about their cultures.
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My practicum experiences, ESL tutoring, teaching at the International School of Brussels. I have learned the importance of learning as much about the cultural backgrounds of the students that I am teaching in order to better understand what their understanding are of how things work at school, the language that they are familiar with, the cultural practices that they are familiar with etc. My practicum experiences have showed me how valuable it can be to ask students to share about their backgrounds. Even the very young ones have a great deal to share. I saw this happen in one of my Kindergarten classes when one of the girls in my class brought in loot bags and took the opportunity to explain to the class about Eid. In working at a Homework Club with two brothers who had recently arrived in Canada from China, I developed a much greater understanding of the fact that people from different backgrounds have different understandings of how teacher-student relationships should be. Those boys did not look me in the eye and rarely spoke, and after doing a bit of research, I learned that that is a sign of respect in their culture. This experience opened my eyes to how many different expectations can be present in a classroom when students are from diverse backgrounds. Finally, my placement at ISB was very interesting in terms of language and cultural references. We had people from all over the world in our classroom -- America, England, Korea, Italy, Australia, and I was from Canada. Perhaps a funny, but I think important, learning experience was the fact that I never knew what to call the garbage. The Americans called it the trash, the Brits called it the bin and I called it the garbage. The plus the fact that we had English Language Learners in our class made me much more aware of being sensitive to the backgrounds of the students in my class.
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Occidental College prides itself on diversity, so the last five years of my life have been spent learning alongside a culturally diverse student body.
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That is the best thing in living and tutoring in London. You met with people from different cultural backgrounds - you need to build on that and use for your advantage.
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Not much experience to be honest.
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I have been teaching at hcc for three years. The diversity in my classes represents the diversity in the country at large. I have had caucasians, hispanics, african american, asians, europeans etc in my class. I relate very well with everyone, I understand cultural differences and I do not let any of such come in the way of my professional relationship with my students.
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I've attended classes with students with different backgrounds. I've also ran participants in the research lab with different backgrounds as well.
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My own background is diverse. Grew up in msia, completed Australian high school, uni in NZ. All good grades. Cambodian student and Congolese students. And now nanny for two students who are doing NZ education system.
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Well since coming to the UK I have had teaching experiences with students from Jewish, Pakistani, Indian and English backgrounds. I believe I have had a mix of diverse experiences with these groups.
Question 16 of 32
Is there a person in your life who has really made a difference?
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My grade 6 teacher. She may have seemed strict but she had my best intrest at heart. She knew my potential and never gave up on me.
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My math teacher at my second high school who had such a passion for learning and knowledge that it rubbed off on everyone around him. He taught me how to push and challenge myself to make learning fun.
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Yes, my parents, my teachers from university.
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My SSP Lecturer at College, who taught me see troubles deep inside and find rootcause, so that we can clear it once forall.
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Yes, there wwere. Lot of people who have taught me a lot of different things.
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Yes, many of them. The best of them is my 5th grade teacher who believed in me despite my poor performance in class due to a change of school. She took special interest in me and helped me see me in a new way.
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Yes. I have had some tutors who have made a difference in my life. One of them is Prof Dein. He has encouraged me and believed in me and he is always looking out for the best for his students. He is the kind of tutor I hope to be someday.
Question 17 of 32
What was your most rewarding experience educating students?
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The most rewarding experience from educating students is seeing how they light up when they understand something and begin to put together other concepts.
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There was a lot, mainly when they become confident and even start to like the subject.
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When the 11th class student got 85%
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My students success after a session of tutoring... The joy on their faces, the surprises that they can do it.
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I helped one of my friends understand the statistics part of Research Methods, as it can be difficult to grasp. Just seeing the look in her eyes as everything clicked for her was really rewarding. She seemed really appreciative of the fact that I was willing to work with her to help her understand that.
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When they do well and you help them discover their passion and ambition and really go for it.
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Seeing them get good grades and then seeing them teach others.
Question 18 of 32
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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My language ability. English is not my first language. I read a lot.
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My greatest weakness is achieving the balance between being able to multitask and then focus on one task at a time. I tend to want to focus on one project at a time before moving on to another but I believe there are situations in which multitasking is very important.
Question 19 of 32
What is your greatest strength?
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I am patient, get a good grasp at Maths, I am up for the challenge.
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My greatest strength is my focus. I am a very focused person in getting the job done.
Question 20 of 32
What challenges are you looking for in a position?
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Student with strong character-mind who is able to overcome my knoledge.
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One that challenges me to be more creative in developing techniques that can be used with kids who may learn slower than others. E. G a child with a disability.
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I want to learn about myself and grow as a person.
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Teach the whole curriculum from A to Z
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Develop a new skill or previously underutilised one. But the best challenge is one where it will benefit the most people and have far reaching benefits. Teaching/tutoring is one such position because the benefits are far and wide.
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One where I can learn something new and be inspired to greater heights.
Question 21 of 32
How do you feel when a student fails?
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I feel like I failed them.
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I feel bad but I wont loose hope to motivate them to do better next time.
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The teacher-student relationship is such that the teacher can only succeed if the student does. So when one of my students fails, it means that I also failed.
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Failing is part of the process. Good can come out of it. You can learn from that, it can make you more resilient. That is what I am trying to teach my students.
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Really bad I thought if a student fail then somehow I am also responsible for that.
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As long as I know they've tried their best and I've tried my best to help them, I'm more okay with it than if they just gave up on the class. Effort matters more when concerning failure.
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Not good, but will encourage the student to keep trying and use failure to identify weakness and come up with plan to improve.
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I feel responsible and sad.
Question 22 of 32
What was the last book you read?
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The last book I read was a book in my previous linguists class called the language extinct. It argues that language is innate.
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The headmaster wife from Greene.
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Solid state physics by kittle, mermin.
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Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. She's a teen fiction author that focuses on mental illness and other issues that teenagers deal with, amongst adults too. She researches all of the information she writes too to make sure it's accurate. It can provide new approaches and understanding for certain disorders, like depression.
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Alan Hollinghurst line of beauty.
Question 23 of 32
What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?
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I can use different model system or diagrams to make the topic more interesting. - or you can also ask question about the topic during your lesson and can give them point for their correct answer.
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I am giving foods so that they will be present.
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Discussion, worksheets, group assignments-projects.
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Make them use personal experiences, let them tell how they feel about the lesson and take constant questions, comments, and concerns etc.
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Ask them questions about what they think about the subject, or if they know the answer to a problem.
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I try to have fun. One of the tools we use in philosophy is to use fun analogies when using explanation by analogy. Jim the alien went to 7-11 and got a slurpee... Etc etc.
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Hands on activities, competition can help also.
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Break up lessons into smaller chunks and assess individually. Also put students into groups so that they interact and help one another where possible.
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Visual aids and techniques real life examples.
Question 24 of 32
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
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I would try to focus on his needs and adjust my lesson to his pace.
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I would speak with the student, to assess what his struggles are.
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I would work in their pace. Make sure that they are with me all the time I move to the next chapter.
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Try to figure out what they are struggling with and approach the concept from a direction that deals with that problem. Try to apply new/different practice methods and try to get as many reps in as possible.
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Do a lot of research online with that area, ask help from fellow tutors, try to tailor the lessons around the student need and ability and/or interest.
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I try to give example of daily life and try to give demo.
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I would change the way I'm trying ti teach them. Or just try explaining I : in a different way. I'd find out their interests and explain it. Terms that made sense to them.
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Differentiated learning to get him up to speed.
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I would try to identify some of the studen's personal strengths and see if I can apply it to that area. For example if a student has difficulty retaining information about blood components for example. If the student is interested in music I can ask or I can compose a little ditty . I can also ask peers to tutor the student if this doesn't work.
Question 25 of 32
What made you want to become a tutor?
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Because I am out of a full-time job.
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For my compensation.
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I want to share my knowledge about the certain topic and help others to gain more understanding regarding it.
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I want to become a tutor because I would be able to enrich the education of others.
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Going from public "one on thirty" high school to a private "one on one" high school made me realize that learning is fun, but that the one on thirty environment is tailored towards a certain type of person. Our education system absolutely favors type "A" individuals and leaves behind students that become disengaged, rather than trying to keep them up with the class.
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Working one to one with a student is like a journey - you can together explore the truth and usefulness behind Maths.
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I LOVE TO HELP STUDENT BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES THAT THEY CAN ACHIEVE WHAT EVER THEY SET THEIR MIND TO ACHIEVE. Tutoring can make the difference of academic success for many students. Having a tutor can mean that a student has a stronger grasp of the course material and may receive a better grade. Tutors often make a difference in the lives of the students that they tutor.
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I I've always found knowledge to be rewarding and I love learning. I want to share that love of learning with others or at least help them understand the material. Not every class is going to be something that you enjoy. However, I feel that all classes are important.
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My passion for teaching, my tutoring skills and the feeling of gratification that I get in helping others achieve success.
Question 26 of 32
How do you stay organized?
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Make sure that I have a timetable with me wherever I go, and pay attention to deadlines.
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I will have my time table with me and pay attention to all deadline.
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Being organized is just like any other obstacle - you just have to stay focused, think through each process, and really just do it. Simple things like making sure I know what my plans are for the next day or thinking about whether that spot on the shelf makes sense for that binder. If I can try to reason through each aspect of my life, I should be able to stay organized.
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I use different tools: diary with names, lesson dates, addresses. I also keep a teacher journal, time to time I go back and try to reflect what worked and what did not. Different folders for different age groups, levels..
Question 27 of 32
What kind of academic training do you have in the subject you are tutoring?
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I am currently studying the subjects at a tertiary level.
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Describe my academic training and research experience.
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I have academic training in logic and procedural thinking, meaning that I feel confident in my ability to process and analyze new information about many different subjects.
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I have academic training in logic and procedural thinking, meaning that I feel confident in my ability to process and analyze new information about many different subjects.
Question 28 of 32
Do you have experience working with different learning styles?
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Yes. Both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. I would present the information multiple ways since each student may learn differently.
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Absolutely, yes. I, personally, am a very visual learner, so oral explanations tend to not stick with me, but at the same time I can follow along with a teacher on a mathematical function and then immediately repeat the process, as long as it is done step by step in front of me.
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Yes, I have got and I am keen to learn about different style and what works for them.
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Yes. Learning with various aids.
Question 29 of 32
What is your availability? Do you have your own transportation?
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I have 100% availability, 24/7 starting around the 20th of August. I have a bike and I live near CalTrain, but I do not have a car.
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I am flexible. No, I rely on public transport.
Question 30 of 32
How do you measure progress or address obstacles?
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By using a portfolio; this allows me to see student progress over time. It is important to integrate various forms of assessment as well so that I can identify the obstacles, work to address them, then see if the student learned what I intended for them to learn.
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Regular testing, checking their homework.
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By asking some question and mostly conceptual question (surprise quiz)
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I address obstacles by identifying and tackling them in a step wise manner. I also measure progress in a stepwise manner.
Question 31 of 32
What are your career goals?
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I am currently applying to teaching positions both in Ontario and overseas. I hope to one day be teaching in either a mainstream or Special Education classroom either in Canada or overseas. I am looking forward to seeing where my life takes me from here on!
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To grow and have fun while living my life.
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Start my own tuition business.
Question 32 of 32
Have you done any tutoring before? For how many years?
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Not academic tutoring. I coached Starcraft 2 for a summer through reddit for about 3-5 hours a week.

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February 25th, 2017

Private tutors provide one-on-one educational assistance to individuals of all ages, from elementary and secondary school students to adults. Some private tutors work with students to improve their knowledge and skills in all subjects, while others help them with one or two subjects. Part of a private tutor's responsibility includes identifying individual learning needs, preparing lessons, assigning and correcting homework, preparing and correcting practice tests and evaluating student's progress.

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