I am trained as a teacher from the Higher Teacher's Training College, Cameroon where I come from. I hold a BSc and Higher Teacher's Diploma in Chemistry. I am a graduate of Rhema Bible Training College, Broken Arrow Oklahoma with a Pastoral Diploma and I also have a Master's degree in Global Christian Leadership from South Western Christian University in Bethany Oklahoma. I plan to go for a PhD in the near future. I am also a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).
Before moving to the United States in 2014, I have thought Chemistry in Government High School Mbu-warr in Cameroon for seven consecutive years as the lone Chemistry teacher of the school. Within this time, I built a strong experience regarding the subject matter and how to deal with students as I help them grow academically and in life as a whole. I have seen the lives of students transformed as I teach them and counsel/coach them. Many of them are now very successful and some are even tutors too. I am also good in Maths, English language, French as while as Science in general and have been assisting students in these subjects in the past.
I believe that tomorrow's success is dependent upon the content and quality of teaching delivered unto the the younger generation so I take any opportunity I have to tutor very seriously because it has to do not only with the future and well being of that individual but of the nation and even the world. I believe that every student can be successful in any subject as long as they are guided by the right tutor(s).
Outside of teaching, I enjoy reading and writing, and I'm also a lover of sports and politics. Above all, as a Christian, I love to use the wisdom God gives me daily to coach, encourage and bless others as they do same to me. Generally, I am a people centered person; using all I have at my disposal to make a positive difference in the lives of people daily. I also enjoy watching movies and following up happenings around the world.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Yaounde 1 Cameroon - Bachelors, Chemistry
I love reading and writing. I also love sports especially soccer.
Elementary School English
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Writing
IB World Religions
K-11th Grade Standardized Tests Prep
Mac Basic Computer Skills
Middle School English
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
OAT Reading Comprehension
PC Basic Computer Skills
Technology and Coding
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
To help a student become independent, we will do some exercises together, and then I give them assignments at the end of each class. The results they get when I correct the assignment will help me know how much they can learn on their own.
What is your teaching philosophy?
No student is unable to learn anything. It most often depends on how the tutor presents it to them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will seek to know about their past, likes and dislikes, and what background knowledge and difficulties they have in the subject concerned.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will appreciate the little efforts they make and encourage them not to be discouraged when they encounter any difficulties. I will also give them examples of people who have overcome challenging tasks and succeeded even in their academic life.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will try other ways of presenting the concept, especially by using examples common to them. I will also try to use more practical approaches.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading has to do with being able to recognize the different syllables that make up a word. Therefore, I will go back to the basics and teach them how the letters of the alphabet are used to make sounds/syllables by combining consonants and vowels. From here, we will start to build simple words from these syllables, and then gradually move to more complex words and subsequently use these words to form sentences.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most successful strategies when working with students is to teach them the basics then guide them to build from there, either as individuals or in a group. Students learn a lot better when they are guided to learn than when they are just taught/told.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
An easy way to get a student to love a subject they are not excited about is to let them see how helpful that subject is to them, and then use simple practical examples to guide them in understanding the concepts. Also, if you tell the students about the opportunities they may have in future if they learn and succeed in such a subject, most students will be motivated.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To be sure that a student understands the material, I ask them questions as I progress in the lesson. If they can answer most of the questions, that is proof that they are following up the subject matter.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
If a student lacks confidence in a subject, I will make them know that the very fact that I learned and succeeded in the subject and can now teach them means it is possible for them too to succeeded. I will also explain to them that the fact that they were able to earn even one point on a test in the past means they can earn 100% someday, as long as they keep building on that ability
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Based on what class they are in and what they are supposed to have been taught, I will ask some questions. What he/she is able or unable to answer will guide me as to their needs in the subject. Also, they may be able to tell some particular areas they have been having particular difficulties in.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Once I know a student's needs, I will not focus on teaching them what is expected for that level/class. I will go down to the level of understanding where they are and gradually guide them from there to where they are supposed to be. From here, I can then introduce the new things required for that class.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It's cheaper and easier to understand when examples and material common to the student are used in explaining the subject matter. For example, the kitchen and its utensils can be used as a good example in teachings that have to do with the laboratory and its equipment.