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Heidi

An energetic, ambitious, responsible and intelligent individual who has developed a mature and responsible approach to any tasks undertaken. Experienced, creative, adaptable and bright individual with an excellent motivation towards learning and helping others.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of North Carolina at Pembroke - Bachelors, Chemistry, Biology

Graduate Degree:

 Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences - Masters, Biosciences

sports, movies, music, art, history, science, medicine, hanging out with friends, shopping, food, cooking, baking,

Anatomy & Physiology

College Biology

Ecology

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Homework Support

Life Sciences

Middle School Science

Music

Music Theory

Other

Social Sciences

Summer

What is your teaching philosophy?

I have two teaching philosophies as a tutor: to get students to think about science (and other classes) as a process, and to individualize their learning experiences.

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

In a typical first session with a student I will introduce myself and then ask them questions about themselves, such as "What is your favorite color?" or " What is your favorite hobby?" as an ice breaker and then follow up by telling them something about me.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I try to teach my students to become independent learners by showing them where they would find their subject matter. Show them how to use examples to relate to their homework problems, and how to find or figure out the answer to homework if they seem stuck.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I try to keep my students motivated through positive reinforcement. Telling them they did a good job, giving them high praise, or giving them a high-five is a sure way to boost their confidence and to keep them going through the lesson!

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

If someone is struggling to learn something, I try to present it in multiple ways so they understand. Then after they seem to have made the connection, I quiz them to make sure it is mastered!

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

To help a student with reading comprehension, I start by having them read a sentence. I then pick out a word and have them try to tell me the meaning. I have them use context. Then I have them tell me what the sentence was saying.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I found that through a combination of visual/audio learning and then hands-on practice, works very well for students.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I first get them excited about our tutoring session. Then I ask them easy questions and break down the lesson. This builds their confidence. Then we work towards more challenging tasks. I also build in breathing breaks so they step away from the material and relax to remove stress and start fresh.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

To make sure a student understands the material I use practice questions, quizzes, jeopardy games, and practice exams.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

To build a student's confidence in a subject, I use positive reinforcement, I make the subjective and trivial, and then I challenge them and celebrate when they answer the question correctly!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I ask the student how they feel about the subject, what they need help with, and what learning style they like all to address the student's needs.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I focus on the student's learning style to propose the material. I will use hands-on examples depending on if it helps the student to learn. I will give them practice questions with a variety of scenarios to help them master the lesson.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use my iPad, dry erase boards and markers, calculators and various other tools during my sessions to help the student master their subject material. I also bring a variety of textbooks for references.