Hello, I'm Puja, a resident of Saint Petersburg Florida, and a current nursing student at Galen College of Nursing. I graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's in health science, and loved every minute of my college experience. I have a great love for constantly learning new things, and helping others do the same in which ever methods suit the individual best. There are a myriad of ways every student can learn concepts, and I believe it is vital to find out what works for each, and also what interests we have. As an old cliche my teachers always instilled in me, one will always be more open to learning if they find the material relatable and exciting, and that is the best advice I have been given as a tutor over the years. With previous experiencing tutoring nursing students, and high school/middle school students, I find each age group has the ability to understand the material being put in front of them if they are allowed to do so in their own way.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I find each student, no matter what age group, has the ability to learn if the information is presented to them in a way they can understand and relate to.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first get to know the student's educational background and current school situation. It is important to connect with the student and get a grasp for what they are interested in, topic wise. It is also vital to understand which form of tutoring would benefit them most by figuring out how they learn productively.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
If you allow a student to gain enough knowledge and understanding about a topic being covered, they are more able to do so on their own in the future. If they are placed on the right track and show true comprehension of a subject, this will allow them to take initiative and perform the work on their own when required.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Placing a student on a schedule can be a great motivating factor that doesn't require much extrinsic reward. Offering bribes can only work so far, and does not make a student autonomous. Instead, offer them your support and praise when they perform well and stay on task. Make sure they know you believe they are fully capable of completing the work and understanding it. Making a schedule for the student will help him/her stay motivated and on task. Even if it does not seem so at first, students do like having organization and a routine to follow. They also feel a sense of pride when they have completed everything on their schedule.