I graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Neuroscience in 2014. I've been tutoring since my junior year of high school and through the years I have tutored various levels of math from elementary to college-level, as well as test prep for both the SAT and ACT. I love teaching others and seeing students progress as they learn and understand new material! Outside of tutoring, my interests include baking, hiking, yoga, singing and going to as many concerts as I can. I've worked in the medical field for the past 2 years and I have been preparing to move on to graduate work. I will be attending Yale this fall for the Physician Associate program.
My tutoring style varies based on the student's learning style and I tailor my approach to each student's needs. I am more than willing to come up with numerous ways to explain problems until the concept finally makes sense! I have a keen sense of when someone actually understands a concept versus their apprehension to admit they don't quite have it down. This helps me to know whether or not moving on to the next problem or concept is in the best interest of the student. Math can be fun and definitely shouldn't be scary!
Brigham Young University-Provo - Bachelors, Neuroscience
ACT Composite: 28
ACT English: 29
ACT Math: 26
ACT Reading: 30
ACT Science: 28
SAT Composite: 1360
SAT Math: 700
SAT Verbal: 660
SAT Writing: 690
GRE Quantitative: 156
GRE Verbal: 156
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student is unique in his or her abilities and learning style. I believe that taking a cookie-cutter approach is never the right option, so I tailor my tutoring based on the student. I like to get to know my students and start to work on basic problems to gain an understanding of their thought process so that I can use that approach to different problems and concepts. Breaking down problems into pieces the student can understand, then building up from there, always helps them to see the puzzle come together more easily! I love to see those "a-ha!" moments.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I always take time to get to know my students including their interests, hobbies and even their concerns about the subject at hand. I will explore their strengths and assess their weaknesses to get a better idea about where they will need me to guide them!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I strive to help the student feel comfortable with subjects by showing them how to use their book, work through example problems and tackle problems that apply the concepts. I will have students look at problems and explain how they could solve them without my advice to make sure they completely comprehend the process. This helps them to gain the confidence they need to become an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I always strive to stay positive and continuously encourage and reward patience as they master material. I try to break down concepts into smaller parts that are more easily understood. Then after they master each part, they are motivated to continue with the concept because they see their own ability!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If my original explanation is not "clicking" for the student, I try re-wording my approach, finding different example problems to work out, or breaking down a skill in a way that makes it more approachable. I encourage them to build on the parts that they know to make the bigger problem less daunting.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like to work on several different types of problems with a student to see how they approach each problem. I will step in to prompt them to the next step if needed, but I like to be able to see their thought process to really understand how I should approach teaching them new concepts.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Normally students get more excited when they actually understand a concept and can master the material! I try to help them see different ways of looking at problems or hard concepts so their eyes are opened to the fact that they can actually understand and work the problems successfully!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The techniques that I use are working on practice problems for a certain concept together, then having them explain to me what they are doing as they work one out by themselves so I can verbally get confirmation that they know the processes and how to approach a problem. Then I give them a few more problems to make sure they know how to apply things in different situations!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
The best confidence booster is encouragement when they are struggling and then praise when they get each step correct. If you break down problems and help them master the little steps before the big picture, it helps them see how approachable problems can actually be and then their confidence in their abilities increases.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Normally I ask the student to point out where they are struggling or I will have them do a few practice problems from a certain subject or have them talk through a few problems to see their thought process and at which point of solving the problem they get stuck.