I graduated from Hendrix College, a small liberal arts college in Arkansas, in 2013. I attained a degree in Environmental Biology with honors. I love all things biology, ecology, and botany. I love to see students learn about and become interested in the sciences. Therefore, I tutor in all levels of biology, ecology, environmental science, and ACT science prep. Writing is an integral part of science education and understanding, so I am also interested in helping students with their writing, both for science and non-science classes. Writing is a delicate process, but one that can be learned with the right help. It is my hope that I can encourage students to write creatively but with a strong grammatical and structural base. I tutor in English and college essay writing and will help with essay editing. My overall tutoring style is one that is fun but serious. While students learn in many different ways, I think being comfortable with their tutor or teacher is the most important aspect of learning. I want the student to feel free to ask as many questions as they need or want without feeling they are failing. Some topics take longer to master, and that is okay! Outside of tutoring, I enjoy hiking, playing disc golf, crafting, and playing some N64.
Hendrix College - BA, Environmental Studies-Biology
ACT English: 35
ACT Reading: 31
ACT Science: 36
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them a bit- both inside and outside of school. What are their favorite subjects? Hobbies? What is the hardest subject for them? I also like to let them ask me questions about myself- if we aren't a good fit, I want to know that ASAP! But if we are, I want to start getting to know the student from the first session.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I try to tutor the way that they learn best. For example, I learn best by writing down the material several times. Other students need to hear it or see it a few times. Finding out the student's learning style quickly and teaching in that manner seems to have the best results!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Small "quizzes," where I ask the student questions or ask them to draw a diagram to explain a concept, especially if they aren't expecting it! :)
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The textbook, worksheet (or whatever the teacher has assigned), and a blank piece of paper. I find that drawing diagrams helps a lot with science learning (and even with reading comprehension sometimes!).