Hi! My name is Melissa and I graduated Boston University in 2016 with a degree in Biology and a concentration in Neurobiology. I am applying to medical school and am passionate about learning and helping others to learn.
Boston University - Bachelors, Neurobiology
ACT Composite: 31
ACT English: 32
ACT Math: 34
SAT Composite: 2150
SAT Math: 780
SAT Writing: 740
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 770
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: 130
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 129
What is your teaching philosophy?
Being interested in a subject, or studying in a way that keeps you engaged helps you remember and understand things. If you don't feel engaged, then you aren't studying in a way that will be useful.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Go over a brief outline of the material they are learning to identify what they are struggling with. After identifying the problems, we can work towards improvement.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
After teaching students methods in which they can help learn material, they will be able to apply these methods toward a multitude of subjects.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would ask them to explain it to me. A lot of times asking someone to help you learn something can help them understand it too!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
My biggest tip would be to read a sentence once. It can be easy to get stuck on a sentence and read over it 10 times and keep going back thinking "Wait, I totally didn't get that- I have to read it again". That can make a student nervous and be a waste of time. Reading something well once is much better than reading it ten times fast without any understanding.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Knowing what works for them! Everyone is different, so the same strategy doesn't work for everyone.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Playing games. One of my favorite ways to learn terms is to play matching games. I am able to challenge myself, and that excites me.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
If a student can explain something back to me, then I think that shows they have a good understanding of the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Encouragement and praise! Learning a new subject can be difficult, so it is important to let the student know that they aren't alone.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By going through a topic list of their current material and asking them what they are struggling in.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Different subjects require different types of learning. For example, biology and math need to be taught in different ways. Different students may thrive learning with different methods as well.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pencil, paper, colored pen, and the internet!