I am a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. I am pursuing a Master's Degree in Biology at Hofstra University and have also taking graduate courses in Education at Dowling College. Since graduating I was fortunate enough to travel throughout Europe, the Caribbean and Japan. My favorite subject to tutor is Biology with Environmental Science/Ecology a close second. I love Biology and try to pass that love onto my students. I also find Earth Science fascinating. My experience has shown me that making complex concepts as simple as possible is what helps students the most. I have had several students that have come back to express how much they appreciate my teaching style. I find that once students are not intimidated by Science they come to love it as much as I do. In my spare time I play video games, watch the Discovery Channel, and travel. I also am a huge Star Wars and Star Trek fan and love almost anything sci-fi. To my core, I am a science geek.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Boston University - Bachelor in Arts, Biology, General
Video games, Science Fiction (especially Star Wars and Star Trek), and traveling.
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask how he/she feels about the subject. Then ask what they are having difficulty with. From there, I would go over the basics of the topic and analyze what aspects the student is having problems with.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would have the student make flash cards and use the many online help sites to augment their learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would make sure they know that I will help them as much as needed to reach a goal of mastery.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I break it down to its simplest parts and rebuild from there. You need a foundation to build from. I find that repetition is helpful. I have found that using old regents questions and incorporating informational videos that allow the student to visualize a concept work the best.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would have the student slow down and have a dictionary at hand so that they could look up words they are having difficulty with.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I found that visualization best way to explain many scientific concepts. I also like to use analogies to help students understand.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would break it down to its simplest parts and use analogies so that they could see that it isn't as hard as they thought.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Open ended questions such as constructed response and essay questions. I find that old regents questions are very good at testing what a student knows.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positivity and encouraging words when they get something right or wrong. If they get it wrong, gently nudge them toward the right answer without giving it to them.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Look over their class notes and exams/quizzes. The most important thing is to ask them what they are having problems with.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I have review books, PowerPoint presentations, graphs, tables and videos to help the student. Students learn in different ways so I have to cover all the bases.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Review books, videos, PowerPoint presentations and animations
What is your teaching philosophy?
I try to make science less daunting. I like to make it fun and interesting. I am fascinated with science and it shows when I'm with a student.