My favorite part about tutoring is the "aha" moment when individuals are able to finally understand a particularly difficult concept. With two years of experience as a tutor at the Math and Resource Center at UMKC, I have gained many skills that allow me to be confident that my students have effectively mastered what they are learning in the classroom and are able to apply it to real-life situations. I have learned to adapt to the individual needs of each student. Furthermore, I also volunteer at the UMKC Dream Project, an organization in which we tutor middle school and high school students from the Kansas City area. As a current medical student at UMKC, I am able to tutor higher level science courses, but I am also comfortable with helping my clients with math courses and test prep. My goal for my students is that they understand concepts so well that they will remember it at any time, from answering questions in class to excelling on exams.
UMKC - BA, Biology
UMKC School of Medicine - MD, Medicine
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 34
ACT Math: 33
ACT Reading: 35
ACT Science: 35
SAT Composite: 2330
SAT Math: 770
SAT Verbal: 770
SAT Writing: 790
Anatomy & Physiology
CLEP College Algebra
CLEP Human Growth and Development
CLEP Introductory Sociology
College Application Essays
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Physics
HSPT Quantitative Prep
HSPT Verbal Prep
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Tests Prep
What is your teaching philosophy?
My goal is for my students to understand a concept so well that they are able to answer any question related to the subject.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I try to understand the client's goals for our sessions, as well as long-term goals. Also, I try to understand how they like to learn and the areas in which the student needs improvement.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Initially, I like to guide students step-by-step through the concepts that we are aiming to learn. Then, we review some questions together. After that, I have the student complete questions on their own. In this way, they are gradually able to transition to the "independent learner" stage.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help a student stay motivated by telling them what they are doing correct. Then, we work on the difficult problems. If they are unable to understand on the first try, I try to take a step back and build on previous knowledge that they already have. In this way, students are able to stay motivated after realizing the step-by-step process.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, it is important to know exactly what the student is not understanding. After that, explaining the concept that is difficult. Then, I have the student try easier questions, and then ask them to complete even harder questions and make sure that they understand the concept being asked.