I am passionate about helping students because I know what it is like to be a student that needs help in subjects that can be quite difficult. Being able to help a student struggling through science courses brings me great satisfaction. It’s humbling and rewarding when a student thanks you for all the help you gave them in a subject they were struggling through and were able to excel in the course thanks to their hard work and the motivation you provided for them in helping them gain the confidence in the subject.
I attended the University of Texas at El Paso where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science. Currently I am attending Case Western Reserve University for a master’s in Applied Anatomy, and I will be matriculating to medical school in about a year and a half.
I tutor general chemistry, biology, and human anatomy and physiology. I am patient and believe that anyone is capable of learning anything they set their mind to, everyone just has a different rate at which they are able to fully master a subject. It’s just about perseverance, practice and looking at things from a different perspective when traditional methods aren’t being effective.
My favorite subject to teach is definitely chemistry since I spent quite a bit of time in a program that’s devoted to giving the general chemistry students at the university a greater chance of passing the course and more resources available to them in order to succeed.
Outside of school I enjoy hanging out with friends. I love going to the movies, my favorite kinds are comedies. I like reading, though I haven’t had too much time to read fiction, the last book I finished was the Death Cure in the Maze Runner trilogy. Going to the gym is a big stress reliever for me, so I try to go almost every day. Recently I’ve gotten into cooking, since I want to limit spending money on take out food, it’s been fun and I’ve found that I’m quite good at it; I haven’t mastered baking though… that one is a bit tricky.
The University of Texas at El Paso - Bachelors, Biomedical Science
Case Western Reserve University - Current Grad Student, Applied Anatomy
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that anyone is capable of learning anything they set their mind to, and everyone just has a different rate at which they are able to fully master a subject. It's just about perseverance, practice and looking at things from a different perspective when traditional methods aren't being effective.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will try to get to know them and what their learning style is, and discuss how they prefer to learn.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Build good studying habits based on how they learn best.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation comes from having the confidence in knowing you can succeed at the task at hand. My role is to help them see they can succeed.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I'd try different ways to explain the concept while asking what it is that is confusing them, so we can target the misconception.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is all about knowing that it's like you're having a conversation on paper, so just like you listen to someone to understand what they are saying, you have to read and ask yourself what the author was trying to convey.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategy I've found most successful when I start to work with students is making them see that I've been in their shoes and understand what they're going through, and my only goal is to help them succeed however I can.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
From my own personal experience, students primarily dislike subjects they don't understand or know little about. As I help them gain knowledge, they will usually start liking the subject and get excited about it.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Quizzes are one of the best techniques to make sure students are understanding subject material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Students build confidence by practicing and mastering a subject. My job is to give them plenty of practice and help them gain strong studying skills.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate students' needs by asking them in what areas they're struggling, and asking them what their learning style is.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Everyone learns differently, and understands material in a different way. It's about adapting and finding ways to explain things through a different perspective.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Whatever is needed for the subject that I'm tutoring: textbooks, diagrams, calculators, etc.