I earned a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering and just graduated with a Master's in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making from Rice University. I would like to help anyone find that love of learning and confidence that comes from understanding your studies. I have an excellent background in math, chemistry, and Chemical Engineering classes, having earned all A's and B's in these subjects. I also have a working fluency in Spanish and took Spanish 1-4 in high school.
Florida State University - BS, Chemical Engineering
Rice University - MS, Environmental Analysis & Decision Making
SAT Verbal: 710
SAT Writing: 720
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, ask the student what they are having trouble with. If they provide a general answer, I may ask to see one of their past homework assignments or tests to gain an idea of what the student might need help with. Then, we can start going through sample problems together, step-by-step. All along the way, I will ask the student what their train of thought is to answer the problem. This will help them understand how to break a problem down into manageable chunks that are easier to tackle. And it also boosts practice with critical thinking.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If it is a math problem, definitely write down all the information that is necessary to solve the problem. Also, drawing a diagram is helpful to learn a skill or concept. And, slowly walk the student through the thought process that can be used to solve the problem.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Try to convey the subject with a visually stimulating or interactive activity. For example, if they are learning Spanish, we could find a short video or TV show that they like and watch it while stopping periodically to review with the student the thinks the characters are saying with Spanish vocabulary and grammar that they are trying to learn.