I recently graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Biochemistry and now I live and work in downtown Indianapolis and I love what I do. Other than that, I like to travel and camp or you can usually find me at some kind of music show; and I'm a fairweather Colts fan, but I miss the days of Peyton. I've tutored college students, high school students, middle school students and even some elementary school students, giving me the chance to understand the whole range of students and their personal learning style. I am very good in explaining the core concepts of math and science, but I also tutor in reading and writing and some social studies. During a normal tutoring session, I like to break down the problem into smaller, easier parts and then discuss how it ties into the whole of the problem. Answering 'how' or 'why' is much more important than regurgitating it straight out.
Purdue University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Biochemistry
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that understanding the core of concepts and how they apply to the material is much more important for overall success.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'd get to know the student first; figure out their goals and let them know more about myself. I'd try and figure out what struggles they have in academics and how I can help them to get over it.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
One way I can help a student become a more independent learner is to give them the chance to teach me. If they can explain a concept or process to me in a way that makes sense, then it shows they now understand it completely. But more so, it gives them further confidence in their academic skills.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement. There is no place for judgement, even self-judgement, in a teaching environment because it doesn't foster learning. I believe this gives way to student motivation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to explain it to them in a different way based on how they tell me they're having a difficult time with it.