I am a graduate of Texas A&M – Commerce. I received a Bachelor’s in Biological Science with a focus in Wildlife Management and Conservation. Currently, I am working on my Masters in Ecology and am teaching labs, while also conducting research for my master’s thesis. I am willing to tutor science in general but I have a passion for Ecology, Zoology and Botany. I really enjoy the outdoors because I can watch these things in action. These subjects can be scary with a lot of big words but I pride myself in being about to break things down so that anyone can understand.
Texas A&M Commerce - Bachelors, Biology - wildlife
Texas A&M Commerce - Current Grad Student, Biology - ecology
What is your teaching philosophy?
Talk at the studentニ_s level. Break the subject down so that someone without general knowledge of the subject can understand.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would take time to talk with the student, and parents if need be, to find out their interests, passions, and how they learn. People learn in different ways.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learning comes from knowing how to study so that you can understand and retain the knowledge. Students have to learn how they best learn.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Most of the time students have no motivation because they become frustrated. By breaking it down so they can understand can help decrease the frustration leaving them more motivated to continue their studies.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The best way is to break it down or connect the concept to something that interests them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Having reading comprehension troubles myself. I feel their pain. The best way I found to improve my struggles was to read things that interested me. It is not a quick fix but helps in the long run. Learning to understand context instead of knowing every word is one way to start to get a handle on some of these issues. Sometimes it starts with just a sentence.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Talking with the student so that you can understand what struggles they are having. Then you can understand how to explain the subject to them. You can get from point A to point B if you don't understand the directions.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Step back and connect to subject to something they understand. Most students struggle because the basics have been lost in the race of learning.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The question and answer technique doesn't always work. I find that discussing the material, having a general conversation is the best way to ensure that a student actually understands the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Creating a stepping stone of knowledge is the best way I've seen. Taking them from the basics of a concept to getting the whole picture of how something works.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Conversation and knowing what they are expected to learn is the best way. Through conversation you can learn how the student learns.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am not afraid to change things up. If the student does not understand something, sometimes you have to stop and evaluate the technique you are using.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Notes, images, and conversation. Working things out in front of the student so that they can see that steps to take to get to the end point.