Hello! My name is Jason and I currently work in an HIV research lab at a university here in DC. I began teaching when I was an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota getting my BS in Biochemistry. As an undergrad I worked as a BioChem teaching assistant, where I tutored students both one on one and in large pre-exam review sessions. As a TA, I was working with students on things as basic as understanding the foundations of the Periodic Table to topics as advanced as enzyme chemistry. At the same time, I was working as a Lab Assistant in a Genetics lab that focused on sugar response in plants, which gives me a solid background to help with coursework related to Genetics. Since graduating, I've worked in a number of Molecular Biology and infectious disease labs and I've earned my MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins. I have continued to tutor students in my free time over the years. I really enjoy working with students and figuring out how to explain the material in a way that helps the material click for them.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota - Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Laid back. Let the student work through the problem and guide them so they come up with the answers themselves.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Figure out what they are finding most difficult.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Giving them the confidence that they know what they are doing.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
These topics aren't simple and are rarely intuitive, but if you work at them they eventually click and become easier.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try approaching the problem another way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Teaching them the value of outlines and notes.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Don't look over their shoulder, because that just leads to more stress. When they need help, guide them so they get the answer themselves.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Students get excited when they feel confident with the material. Tutoring is about building that confidence.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask them questions. If working through a problem, ask them why they are using a certain formula or what happens if a variable changes.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By having them work through problems and see that they are getting the right answer.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
First I ask them where they think they struggling. If they are having difficulties elsewhere it usually becomes apparent when we start going through problems.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
It's important to focus on what the student is least confident in. Once they feel better about one topic, they start feeling better about the rest.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The student’s book, homework, etc. Teachers want students to learn material a certain way, so it's best to show students how to work problems the way the teacher wants it done.