I love Science and hold Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry. I could be that nerd that they base TV characters on, though I have excellent communication skills. Teaching has always come easily to me, and my students claim to learn well from my flexible teaching styles. I can effectively relate the material to students' lives so they can understand it in their own terms. If the student doesn't reach the answer on his own, then it won't be meaningful or committed to memory. I find a way to lead with questions so the students can feel the small triumphs of answering questions on the road to learning how to solve problems on their own.
Benedictine College - BS, Chemistry, Biochemistry
University of Kansas - MS, Environmental Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
If you don't want to learn, no one can make you. If you want to learn, no one can stop you.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out their hobbies and interests so that I might tailor explanations to relate to their prospective field of study. It also helps us connect and develop a rapport.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I ask the student questions to help them along the way, rather than just hand them the answers.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Review and practice, practice, practice. Rewrite problems or questions in numerous different ways to solidify the understanding and interchangeability of terms, so as to prevent confusion in future encounters.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
It's pretty easy in science; I just bring to light some awesome examples of the concept!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
After a question is finished, I ask them to explain it back to me in their own words.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Celebrate their triumphs with enthusiasm!