I received a BS in Chemistry from Elon University in May of 2014. Since then I have pursued a career in the NFL (very short) and joined Penske Racing as a member of their pit crew. My tutoring experience before Varsity Tutors consisted of working for the athletic department at Elon and tutoring my teammates and other athletes in Chemistry. This is the field that I have the most passion and experience in and therefore my main focus as far as tutoring goes.
What has given me success in tutoring in the past is finding multiple angles to look at and describe complex theories and problems. This gives the student multiple chances to have the information "click" for them and then apply it in the future.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student can be successful if they can only find the right angle to look at challenging concepts.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Find different angles for them to look at it until we find the one that works best for them.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Give them practice problems that are similar to what we have been working on, but with key figures changed.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Start at the very basics and show them that they can do it and slowly work up to more complicated levels of the subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Let them do problems and have me look over them to see where they are getting confused or continuously messing up.