I am a UGA graduate in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. I like to spend a good portion of my time tutoring as it is something I truly enjoy doing. I feel forever indebted to the great teachers I had growing up and want to share their techniques and tricks with the next generation. I have over 3 years experience as a tutor as well as extensive experience working with children with special needs. My teaching style involves using analogies, metaphors, and real life applications to help my pupils understand the concepts behind what they are learning as well as the point of it all.
University of Georgia - Bachelors, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is based on helping my students understand the concepts behind what they are learning. While I believe rote memorization plays a key role in the learning process, it only takes you so far. I will break down the subject matter into bite sized pieces, then bring it all together to form a cohesive understanding of the material.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I begin by trying to determine what their current style of learning is and identify areas that could possibly use improvement. A tutor can only do so much, so I believe giving my pupils the tools to help themselves is key.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Difficulties in learning a skill or concept seldom arise from a deficiency in aptitude. More often than not, it stems from bad teaching or gaps in the student's knowledge base that prevents them from putting it all together.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is a very individual skill, and any aid must be tailored specifically to the student. We all have heuristic tools we use to analyze texts. I have found that with a little bit of time and guidance, those tendencies can be changed into more efficient and effective ones.