Hi! My name is Puja. I am a Georgia Tech alum in Biomedical Engineering. I enjoy helping others reach their academic goals. I've been a teaching assistant at Georgia Tech, a FASET Leader, and a Connect with Tech host. I've also been a mentor through Biomedical Engineering Society so if you ever want to talk about future academic goals along with getting some tutoring help, just let me know! I'm very approachable and have worked with students of all ages. Here's to reaching all your educational goals!
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus - Bachelors, Biomedical Engineering
Benedictine University - Current Grad Student, Public Health/Business Administration
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I'd probably want to get to know the student first, i.e. how the student learns. Each student is unique in the way that they learn. I would want to make sure that I was effective enough by knowing this first.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I've found that breaking a topic down piece by piece is very helpful. Sometimes, a student might not understand the concept behind answering the problem. If they understand the concept, then they might not understand how to implement the formula. Whatever the reason may be, it's up to me to determine what they need to go over and how to go over it. It will then be up to them to question me regarding things they still don't understand or even asking me to explain it a different way.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
A favorite technique that I have to ensure that a student understands the material is by asking the student to explain it to me. When a student can effectively teach the material to someone else or me, that is when I know the material has been understood.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Building a student's confidence in a subject can vary based on what the subject is. However, I always think that practice makes perfect, so this is the primary way of helping the student build their confidence in a subject.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy varies with the type of student I am paired with. I have some experiences in which the student learns by doing drills - in this situation, I will assist in explaining the material and then have a list of practice problems that go over what was covered for the student to go through. However, I've also had students where they need a more interactive session. In these sessions, I will go over the material and then have interactive problems in which some of the problem will be worked out but crucial pieces of information are missing, and it is up to the student to determine that. Depending on the student's grade level I will also give a crib sheet with the various formulas they need to solve the problems.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The easiest way I can think of is to help the student utilize resources as well as a planner. It all starts with baby steps. Writing in the planner that you want to read all of chapter 1 and make an outline of what was read by a certain day is a great start in becoming an independent learner. However, telling someone else like a sibling, a friend or a parent your goal is also good to make sure that you remain accountable for the goals you make.