Currently Teaching IB + Ontario Curriculum in Chemistry/Science in Malaysia and have taught as a certified teacher since 2014 in Canada, UK, and Malaysia.
Specialize in Chemistry
What is your teaching philosophy?
My primary role as a teacher is as a facilitator, a coach, and a mentor. Students must be encouraged to reflect on mistakes rather than fear them and improve learning skills that help with self-regulation and planning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Assess a student’s strengths/areas of improvement by using an assessment activity followed by an activity that students with a teacher/peer, and followed by a closing activity that focuses on problem-solving. Lastly, students self-reflect on what they are confident in and what they need to improve on.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Encourage SMART steps, encourage planning and scheduling, scaffold their learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Praise, encourage, provide activities that gamify their learning (e.g., Quizizz).
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Modeling a solution clearly, and encourage practice.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Break the question up into smaller parts. Make a plan to answer by using a spider diagram/flow chart.’
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Using analogies, encourage drawings, structured organizers.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling with?
Embed lessons to real-world applications, global context, and international-mindedness.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Use formative assessments
How do you build a student’s confidence in a subject?
Encourage, challenge, and praise.
How do you evaluate a student’s needs?
Through observation, through questioning, through google reflection forms, through exit tickets
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student’s needs?
By assessing regularly and modifying timelines.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Phet simulation, quiz, document camera/tablet