According to the National Science Foundation, the education achievement gap still exists here in America. Despite some progress, a large percentage of students is still less likely to graduate high school, enroll in university programs, and obtain a college degree. Additionally these students are less likely to earn a degree in STEM disciplines, work in a science and engineering career, and pursue further education in this field. I have seen firsthand the disparities in the STEM field which have arisen from the inequities within our educational system, ultimately not preparing every student for college. Each student deserves access to the same educational opportunities to achieve academic success. I am eager to devote my time as a Varsity Tutor to combat this issue and provide students with the tools necessary for college and career preparation.
Being an engineering major, my undergraduate degree required copious mathematics coursework, so I am confident in my abilities to teach this material. I possess effective communication skills which will be vital to explaining math concepts and ensuring students comprehend the subject matter. From my experiences, I have truly enjoyed working and volunteering with students from all ages. I am highly passionate about serving my community, empowering others, and motivating students to improve themselves academically. My desire is to be more than just a tutor but also a mentor to encourage each student to reach their full potential. With a diligent work ethic and a compassionate spirit, I believe I will be a great tutor for your child!
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus - Bachelors, Industrial engineering/Premedicine
Drexel College of Medicine - Masters, Health Sciences
What is your teaching philosophy?
"Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand." It is important that a student is active in the teaching process. Yes, it is my responsibility to teach the material to my students and make sure they understand concepts. However, I believe that a student does not fully comprehend a subject until they are able to teach it themselves and apply it to their daily life.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Typically, in a first session, I would assess the student's comprehension of the subject matter through questions and drills. I would like to see past homework, assignments, and tests to see where a student's strengths and weaknesses are. I would also like to evaluate a student's learning style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I like to give students practice problems/worksheets and find online learning programs and games. I believe these not only help cultivate independent learning skills but also help build self-confidence.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would keep a student motivated by identifying their strengths to help improve their weaknesses and rewarding them for performing well. From experience, when a student knows that they are capable of doing well, they are more willing and more confident to tackle their next challenge.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
1. Be patient and take it step by step. 2. Keep a positive attitude and tell my student to do the same. 3. Find additional resources/tools to help teach the subject 4. Practice, practice, practice 5. Once learned, have the student teach material back to me to show understanding.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I like to teach students how to be active readers. If a student needs to read out loud to themselves or read more slowly to understand, then they should! While reading I like to have the students make connections to their own lives if possible. Asking questions is important to help look for context clues. Looking at illustrations or drawing images can also help with comprehension. Keeping track of main characters, where the story is taking place, and the problem and solution of the story helps figure out what is important from the text. Finally, summarizing the reading in our own words helps find the main idea.