I am a Physicist by training and an Engineer by nature. I love building things and understanding how they work. Naturally this lead me to become a Scientist. I worked at NASA in Maryland for over 4 years and gained tons of experience. I have a passion for teaching science to everyone and anyone who is willing to learn. I specially love teaching the future of our world.
Fisk University - Bachelors, Physics
Fisk University - Masters, Physics
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everyone can be taught. To be good at anything, one just needs to practice.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Assess their learning skills and how much they already know of the subject in hand.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Show them tricks to simplify the information they need to learn. Making connections to everyday life is key to learning and developing into independent learners.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Learning skills or concepts depend highly on the individual who is attempting to learn them. One must first establish a connection of trust and empowerment and give examples of your own obstacles and how one has overcome them. Always keeping in mind that these anecdotes have to be relevant to the person one is trying to help. Then one can formulate steps to follow in order to learn this concepts and skills. Build a base line and move up from there.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
In order to comprehend reading material, one should try to make it relatable to one's life. Once we can find a connection to the literature, the student will assimilate it and make it part of his/her everyday life, thus understanding it better.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I allow my student to lead the discussion. Once they find they can describe the question or problem accurately, they find that they also come up with the answer. This is an epiphany moment almost always.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I try to help my student take on small problems pertaining to the subject they are struggling in. Once they start getting a few problems right, their self-esteem and confidence grows as well, making them more motivated to continue learning.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The way I know a person knows a subject is by explaining it to someone else. Thus, once I am done teaching a subject, I make the student teach it back to me. This proves to both the teacher and the student that the student has completely mastered the subject.