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I am a 2nd year college student studying in upstate New York but my home-town is Philly.

Though I do not have many hobbies, I do like to practice my American Cued Speech, American Sign Language, Chinese Mandarin, study languages, look into language research, among other things. I have had this passion and growing interest for languages that makes me want to continue learning more and breaking down the communication barrier.

I have helped many throughout my years in school. During February 2015, I received a job offer to become a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader for a class at college. This helped me to realize some other great skills that I had in addition to sharpening the skills that I already had to help me in helping others as much as I could.

Throughout my life, I have always had a growing love for helping others and communicating with them which is why I also like being involved in philanthropy. Part of the reason why I tutor and why I love tutoring is that I am able to help others realize what they know and help break down a concept to its core. My favorite part of tutoring is when a student finally reaches epiphany when they understand the concept and say, "OH! I get it now!"

I am excited to start working with students and helping them achieve that epiphany and build the confidence that they will need to push through the tough concepts of the subject that they are learning.

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Shareef’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Rochester - Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering

Hobbies

Studying new languages.

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I help students by giving them the core and helping to break down those core concepts.

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

Introductions for the first meeting (where we get to know each other and discuss what we expect out of these sessions) and a quick diagnostic to see where the student's strong and weak points are. In addition, we would set up a time and place for our meeting.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I personally believe that giving the student time to think concepts and questions through is important. Letting the student be independent (i.e., I don't give them the answer, but a few hints) may help them to find different methods to solve a problem.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Keep at it with a positive attitude and lots of encouragement. Sometimes, we find ourselves struggling to stay motivated. However, if the student has a goal to reach and a support system to keep encouraging them to push through, the student will continue to progress (especially when they've seen all that they have polished and learned).

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

Every student has a different learning style, so I try to take that into account when I'm working with a student. I try different ways of explaining a concept and breaking into the easiest terms possible. Guiding the student is essential at first, but to truly learn, the student needs to have some time to work alone after learning a concept.

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

I would help students in this area by having them look out for keywords. Then, I'd have them read the passage to themselves and then out loud, take notes on the reading, and break the reading/question down.

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

I have found that when I break down a problem/concept and go through it, explaining everything step by step and not skipping any steps (no matter how miniscule), students tend to have a better understanding of how a concept/problem is solved.

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

Some subjects can be dreadful for a student, especially if it's a subject that they're struggling in. I believe that if there is a relaxed atmosphere, it would help the student to stay engaged. Also, keeping track of what the student has completed and recognizing their achievements in the subject help to keep their interest.

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

One technique would be to learn different methods or ways of thinking to go about solving a question. A second would be to break down the concept/problem as much as possible and explain every step to make sure that the student understands what is going on. I would also suggest some additional resources such as videos and games that may help.

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

Making mistakes is an important part of learning, but I know that some students are afraid of making mistakes. With that in mind, I would make the environment friendly and relaxed so that if the student makes a mistake, there would be no harm done. I would also track the student's progress and occasionally show how far the student has gotten.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

At the first meeting, the student and I will discuss our goals and expectations, including what we need/want and why we need/want those things. I will also make sure to see where the student is struggling and where the student's strengths lie via a diagnostic. Throughout our sessions, I'll check in to see if our goals and expectations are being met.

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

Based on the student's learning style and what works best for the student.

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

Paper, whiteboard, (dry erase) markers, pencils, pens, notes from class, textbook (if accessible), high lighters, and sticky notes.

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