I discovered tutoring my junior year of college and it quickly became a passion that I have continued to tutor in various settings for the last 2 years. I love seeing the topics "click" students getting excited and build their confidence. Aside from tutoring math and science, I completed my B.S. in Chemistry with a Small Business minor at Arizona State University in 2013 and have worked in the business sector since. I enjoy photography and editing, painting, and outdoor activities when it's time to slow down.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelor in Arts, Chemistry
rock climbing, hiking, photography, painting
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning is one thing, but problem solving is another. For me, tutoring is more than just teaching students what they don't know. No matter how formidable the question, my goal is to show students that they have the critical thinking skills and determination to solve any problem before them, be it in the form of a chemistry problem or questions beyond the classroom.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping a student become an independent learner is what it means to be a tutor. I help students learn to rely on their own resourcefulness by teaching them what their "tools" are and how to use them. These tools can range from concepts, rules or laws, to basic skills, to functions on their calculator, to navigating a 700 page textbook, to the critical thinking skills of their most important tool: their own brain! I help students create, build, and master their own tool box, remind them to brush the dust of those forgotten tools, and teach them how to determine the right tool for the right job. It's always a clear sign of success as a tutor when students reach a level of autonomy that confidently takes responsibility for their own problem solving.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keeping students motivated is often one of the biggest and most critical challenges of tutoring, especially for those seemingly more daunting subjects! That's why it's essential to always bring to the table ways to keep students engaged so they have needs met with any topic. Students need to know how the topic applies to their daily lives, why the topic is important or useful, and what ways the topic relates to other concepts. Bridging the gap between students and their perceived relation with challenging concepts is critical, along with showing students how to be an authentic cheerleader, and how to have positive thinking and a great attitude, which takes students a long way so that they may foster their resilience and perseverance in the face of difficult topics.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Road blocks are an inevitable part of the learning process. Keeping students engaged in the face of difficult topics is an essential skill to have not only in school but in life. If they don't already know, students learn to foster positive thinking, a great attitude, resilience, and perseverance in the problem solving. Aside from authentic cheerleading, students need to know how the topic applies to their daily lives, why the topic is important or useful, and what ways the topic relates to other concepts. Enthusiasm is contagious and bringing it to a lesson is the easiest way I turn disparaged students around to motivated can-doers!