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Miriam

I graduated from The Ohio State University with a dual degree in Microbiology and Political Science with Research Distinction. I absolutely love to teach anything and everything! I have been a swim instructor at Lifetime Fitness for almost five years, and have been an informal academic tutor throughout my years as a student. I especially enjoy teaching science and math, as I feel these subjects tend to give students the most trouble. However, I am partial towards the social sciences and essay writing, as demonstrated in my Political Science degree. I love and loathe the writing process, especially after authoring a multidisciplinary thesis on the cholera epidemic in Haiti as an undergrad. I would love to accompany other students on their quest for good writing, as I have experienced how important good writing skills are to motivate change and make important point known. By nature, and my swim students can attest to this, I am an enthusiastic teacher. I think learning is awesome, and I make sure my students feel the same way. I like breaking down topics until they become intuitive, and after creating this scaffolding, we can begin to integrate into more difficult complex topics. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering in health care settings, I'm an avid yogi, and I love to swim.

Undergraduate Degree:

 The Ohio State University - BS and BA, Microbiology and Political Science

Enjoys reading, writing, spending time with friends, and shopping.

10th Grade

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade Math

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Writing

College Biology

College English

Comparative Literature

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

General Biology

General Chemistry

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

IB

IB Social and Cultural Anthropology

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Other

Persuasive Writing

Political Science

Social Sciences

Vocabulary

What is your teaching philosophy?

Practice, make mistakes, practice, and then practice again.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Spend some time learning the student's learning style.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Fostering independence through building confidence.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Making little achievable goals so the student sees their progress.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Try explaining the skill or concept in different ways.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Ask guided questions and give lots of praise for correct answers.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Making it clear that I believe in their ability to succeed.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Build their confidence towards the subject.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Ask a lot of questions...a lot.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Ask a lot of questions and give lots of praise for correct answers.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Ask the student what they feel they are struggling with and what they want to work on.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Gaging what methods work and do not work for the student based on their feedback.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Lots of picture drawing and storytelling.