I sometimes say jokingly that I would still be in school if it wasn’t for the help of my math tutors during middle and high school. This statement summarizes the excellent experience I had with tutoring when I was a student. Now I am a teacher, and I want to pass on the benefits of tutoring that I once enjoyed to students who want to improve their skills. For more than six years, I have taught and tutored diverse groups of students, mostly at the college level. I also have experience teaching middle school students, and I’d be delighted to teach and tutor younger students as well. My teaching philosophy is to inspire my students, ignite their interest in a subject I am passionate about, and encourage them to become life-long learners. I use active teaching methods which allow my students to explore and experience a topic. For example, they might start by reading about the topic to acquire certain information, and then they’d discuss the information with their peers or with me. They might also watch a video or animation to better understand the material. Ultimately, they’d apply their knowledge, e. g., by answering questions or drawing a graph in a handout. My favorite subjects to tutor are geology and environmental science because they are about the planet we live on. We should be concerned about our environment and try to learn and understand as much as we can about Earth. I got my masters in geology at the University of Mainz in Germany, and I graduated with a Ph.D. in geology from the University of New Mexico. Being from Germany, I also tutor German, and I find it exciting to teach my own language and culture. I use a variety of teaching strategies such as playing games to practice vocabulary and grammar, listening to songs, and reading and writing exercises. Whenever my time allows, I like to go hiking, do yoga, read all kind of books, or watch movies.
University of Mainz Germany - Bachelors, Geology
University of New Mexico-Main Campus - PhD, Geology
GRE Verbal Reasoning: 520
GRE Quantitative Reasoning: 410
GRE Analytical Writing: 4