I have had the wonderful experience of tutoring a wide range of students over the past five years. I am a strong advocate of peer tutoring, and therefore have worked with many high school and college students. However I do enjoy sharing my love of learning with younger students as well!
After 3 years at San Diego State University, I took a break to focus on work and enjoy travel around the US. I have landed in Santa Barbara where I will continue my education.
My personal interests in school are primarily in STEM subjects. I am continuing my studies in Biochemistry and Genetics which make me knowledgeable and familiar with higher level chemistry and biology.
What I find most rewarding is helping students find their rhythm is school. Once we get back on track, I can help use that momentum to push their academic careers!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: San Diego State University - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
I like to balance my work and school like with being out in nature. I enjoy taking my dog on hikes, relaxing on the beach and occasionally scuba diving. When I’m not out n about, my Netflix suggestions include nature documentaries, mystery shows, and cooking TV.
Elementary School Math
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School English
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The best way to achieve goals is to know what the goal is. During a first session, I like to see where the student is coming from, and what they want from their class. Not every scientist wants an A in English, and not every athlete cares about Chemistry. Once we establish what the student wants, we can work on our plan of action.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
An "independent learner" is a self-starter. In some students they are disciplined enough to just grind away. In most, they have to be inspired by their own curiosity. It is important to draw meaningful connections for the student so that they are interested in the topic. With interest comes question, and a desire to know more.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Every student has a goal. The key is to remind them how they will attain their goal. Encouragement, positivity, and consistency keep a student moving forward.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The best way to learn a skill or concept is to change it up each time you practice it. The brain adapts to these new situations. Eventually, there is a specific combination of thought processes that will unlock the brain. It takes patience, but that "Ah ha!" moment is worth it.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Students are engaged when they feel like they are being heard. In a normal class, the connection between teacher and student is so diluted, most students aren't motivated to have questions. Giving back the student's voice is a crucial first step in their engagement to the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Informal, "finish-the-statement" quizzes are a great way to check in on a student's progress. It is important that a student consistently thinks about past and present material together in order to cement their connection. I like quizzing the student, but I really like when the student quizzes me. This shows a true understanding of the material.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is to use your voice. We are all very vocal creatures. We use our voice to communicate and understand our world. With one sided lectures and silent study hall, students need to be able to speak with their peers about the schoolwork.