I graduated from Sewanee: The University of The South in 2015 with a degree in English and Music, two subjects for which I have an unabating passion. While in High School, I had a teacher that helped me find personal meaning within the poems and stories that we read, and that revelation has shaped the course of my life. I want to help other students find that personal connection in their studies, as I believe that is the key to learning.
As a musician, I have played the Saxophone for thirteen years, studying under the instruction of Dr. Cesar Leal as I pursued my undergraduate degree.
Sewanee-The University of the South - Bachelors, English, Music
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every person has unlimited potential within them, and through the pursuit of knowledge and understanding, we continually approach a more perfect version of ourselves.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session with a student, I believe that getting to know each other is important. Learning what a student's strengths, weaknesses, and motivations are is crucial to the teaching process. Learning is a very personal experience, and everyone has a unique style of learning. Understanding those things will allow for improved success in further tutoring sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Rather than dumping information on a student, I prefer to walk them through the process of learning. It begins with asking questions based on personal understanding, and then taking the steps to answer those questions. I like to think that I am merely guiding students through their own independent learning process.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If we can find a personal connection to the work, that can help the student stay motivated. If the student has trouble connecting to the work, then we can set clear goals that are within their reach, and the satisfaction of attaining these goals can help them stay positive and motivate them to continue improving.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When students have trouble learning a skill or concept, it is often due to the way it is being taught. By taking a step back, and then approaching the problem from a different angle, we can often find a path to understanding.