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Todd

I am currently a student at Plymouth State University finishing a degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Geology. I have a love for math and science and a very strong academic foundation. I have found that my passion also lies in teaching and tutoring. Being able to successfully help a student grasp a difficult concept and inspiring academic confidence are among the most rewarding things I have done. My goal is not only to help my clients with their schoolwork but also to relate this work to the real world and bring enthusiasm and heart into the act of learning. My strengths are my knowledge of the subject matter, my attitude, and my ability to present concepts and problems in a variety of different ways. I know that every student has their own specific way of learning and it is my duty to cater to that and help them use that to improve their academic experience. I ask a lot of questions and focus on guiding my clients towards the right answer rather than just giving it to them. I strive for real progress in each one of my sessions and I will always come prepared. Outside of school and tutoring, my hobbies and interests include hiking, skiing, fishing, gaming, reading, and mountain biking. I am an avid football fan and I love good movies. I look forward to building meaningful relationships with my clients and helping them reach their academic goals and beyond.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Plymouth State University - Current Undergrad, Environmental Science

Reading, hiking, skiing, fishing, biking, carpentry

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is based on catering to my student's specific learning needs. I ask a lot of questions and focus on my student's grasp of core concepts. I use multiple explanations of similar problems in order to find which one works best.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would ask them overall questions about their experience so far in the class, including how their teacher presents the material, what they are struggling with, how much work they do outside of class, and if they are interested in the class. I would then ask about how they learn best and if they have any specific requests of me. After an overview of the items to be covered, I would work through a few problems with them. After the first session, I would develop a lesson plan on my own with which to move forward.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become a better independent learner by guiding them through problems rather than working them out for them. I will always give the student the chance to try something themselves first before I show them the correct way to do it. Through this, they can develop better critical thinking skills and the confidence needed to succeed.