I am a graduate of UCSB. I received my Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and am currently working towards a certification in Chemical Technology. I have experience as a teacher's assistant at the middle school, high school, and college levels, along with being the go-to person to help others understand material covered during classes. The subjects I tutor and am most passionate about are Chemistry and Math. These are my favorite subjects because I see principles to explain technology and everyday phenomena. My teaching philosophy is based on questions and on concepts that are difficult to grasp directly but are simple to grasp by analogy. I work with my students so that they develop an internal sense that enables them to create their own methods for understanding unfamiliar concepts. With these skills, my students are able to gain a greater appreciation for the subject and realize more of their potential. In my spare time, I enjoy board games, videogames, eSports, and baseball.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The best way to learn is to ask to questions and to learn the mechanisms and methods to tackle unfamiliar concepts.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session I like to talk about their expectations and my expectations. In addition I would go over previous assignments and tests to get a sense of where the student is strong, and where there is room for improvement.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
One way I can help a student become an independent learner is to find ways to engage their interest and encourage spending time to find related topics that can be discussed.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
One method of helping a student to stay motivated is to bring incentives and encourage positive results, along with acknowledging the progress made along the way.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student is having difficulty learning a skill or concept, I try to find alternative ways to express the skill or concept. In addition, I also find ways to emphasize the learning through practice and repetition.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
A strategy that been most successful is to use analogies and real life examples. Being able to understand the basis for concepts or questions can help in understanding and getting engaged. Another strategy that has been most successful is to draw pictures and diagrams to put a visual and physical connection to the material.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
A way to help get students excited and engaged in a subject is to be able to make a connection between an interest they current have and the subject at hand. Making a connection is key to overcoming struggles, and may help to provide a different perspective too, which is more conducive to learning.