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1. Describe the best session you have had with a student. What made it successful?
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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.

A college education and at least 2 to 5 years experience are essential requirements for anyone wishing to be hired as a private tutor.
In addition to knowing the subject matter, you must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work as a private tutor. You must also be able to speak, read and write English fluently, be familiar with the school curriculum and stay updated with the latest learning resources and techniques.

During your interview, the prospective employer will ask you all kinds of questions to assess your communication skills. The ability to communicate and get your message across to students of different ages and at varying learning levels is absolutely important. The interviewer will also ask you questions to determine whether or not you are up to date with the latest school curriculums and testing processes.
Private Tutor Interview Questions
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What environment do you prefer for tutoring?
 
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An environment which promotes creativity.
 
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A calm and quiet area, where we can both consecrate and work together.
 
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Easy going, relaxed but most importantly well managed and strict.
 
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I would prefer a quieter environment, as it helps the student and also myself in concentrating but I am open to tutor in what ever setting is available.
 
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Whatever environment best suits the student and parents.
 
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Tell me about your past experiences tutoring individuals.
 
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I have worked with a very diverse group of students, helping them in mathematics, statistics and several science subjects. I enjoyed working with them and helping them attain their goals and continue being helpful, even when they show no enthusiasm about the topic or subject matter I try to get their attention.
 
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Currently I am looking after my Cousin, helping him with homework and bettering his understanding of GA and his english. He struggles with pronunciations hence why I chose to focus on that point.
 
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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 experience working in primary schools with children of all ages.
 
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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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What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands?
 
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I usually ask questions at the end of the session, and bring quizzes which touch every aspect of what we have just been working on, so as to know where he or she still has trouble in the subject.
 
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I would like to give examples related to them to make it fun and exciting for them.
 
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Ask random questions. Maybe make up mock situations for him to respond to. And a pop quiz at the end of the day or week.
 
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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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Asking a student to explain how they found their answer or to explain the concept to me or another student.
 
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How do you handle stressful situations?
 
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Calmly, break it down, talk a breather, breather.
 
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Take a deep breath and think of all possible responses and choose best one.
 
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By making the atmosphere around me lighter if it needs I will crack a joke or two on myself.
 
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I always try to be positive and calm when working with people. This is also in the case of being polite towards the person who you're working with.
 
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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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What are you most proud of in your tutoring career?
 
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Seeing personal and not just academic growth from my tutees.
 
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Seeing the satisfaction when the students understand concepts on their own and incorporate it into their own understandings/explanations.
 
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I have help several students attain their educational goals and succeed in their studies. This is why I love tutoring, because I get to help people attain their goal.
 
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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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My student, during 10th grade boards exams, went from getting 35/100 to 88/100
 
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How well has your college/university prepared you for the field of teaching?
 
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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'll say very well, since my second year of college, I have been tutoring students and have gained experience in developing methods to address students in manner which interest them. Also, I have developed knowledge in different fields of science and mathematics which can helps me have an open mind about other subjects and how they may interact.
 
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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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Fantastically well! We had a lot of tutoring opportunities to work with and take advantage of.
 
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Very well. It has exposed me to various teaching methods and has helped me develop my own.
 
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How will you instruct students with varying abilities?
 
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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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I try to slow down a bit for them and give them more attention and think about what more I can do to make them understand.
 
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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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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 will discuss with them their strengths and weakness. Thats important because by finding out what they are weak out we can help strengthen those areas.
 
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What is the toughest problem you've had to face? And how did you overcome 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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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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When customers upset.. Talk.
 
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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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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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Why are you the best person for this job?
 
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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 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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Good at subject and not scary.
 
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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 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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Please tell me about your most challenging experience while working with children.
 
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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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Coaching middle school basketball, when the girls team came around it was impossible to control our students.
 
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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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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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Describe the best lesson you have delivered. Why was it successful?
 
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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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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 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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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.
 
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Have you had any bad experiences being a tutor?
 
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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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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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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.
 
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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 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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Are you a positive and energetic person?
 
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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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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... 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.
 
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What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds?
 
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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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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 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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Not much experience to be honest.
 
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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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Is there a person in your life who has really made a difference?
 
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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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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, 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, there wwere. Lot of people who have taught me a lot of different things.
 
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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.
 
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What was your most rewarding experience educating students?
 
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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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When the 11th class student got 85%
 
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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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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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What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
 
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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.
 
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My language ability. English is not my first language. I read a lot.
 
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What is your greatest strength?
 
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My greatest strength is my focus. I am a very focused person in getting the job done.
 
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I am patient, get a good grasp at Maths, I am up for the challenge.
 
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What challenges are you looking for in a position?
 
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I want to learn about myself and grow as a person.
 
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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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Teach the whole curriculum from A to Z
 
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One where I can learn something new and be inspired to greater heights.
 
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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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How do you feel when a student fails?
 
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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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I feel bad but I wont loose hope to motivate them to do better next time.
 
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Really bad I thought if a student fail then somehow I am also responsible for that.
 
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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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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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What was the last book you read?
 
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Solid state physics by kittle, mermin.
 
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Alan Hollinghurst line of beauty.
 
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The headmaster wife from Greene.
 
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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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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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What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?
 
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Im giving foods so that they will be present.
 
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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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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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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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Hands on activities, competition can help also.
 
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What made you want to become a tutor?
 
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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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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 want to become a tutor because I would be able to enrich the education of others.
 
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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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My passion for teaching, my tutoring skills and the feeling of gratification that I get in helping others achieve success.
 
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If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
 
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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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I would speak with the student, to assess what his struggles are.
 
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I try to give example of daily life and try to give demo.
 
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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.
 
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How do you stay organized?
 
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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..
 
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I will have my time table with me and pay attention to all deadline.
 
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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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What kind of academic training do you have in the subject you are tutoring?
 
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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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Describe my academic training and research experience.
 
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I am currently studying the subjects at a tertiary level.
 
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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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Do you have experience working with different learning styles?
 
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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. 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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Yes. Learning with various aids.
 
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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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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.
 
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How do you measure progress or address obstacles?
 
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By asking some question and mostly conceptual question (surprise quiz)
 
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Regular testing, checking their homework.
 
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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.
 
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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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What are your career goals?
 
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To grow and have fun while living my life.
 
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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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Start my own tuition business.
 
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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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