I have a passion for learning all things because I truly believe that knowledge is the key to a life of fulfillment, and it is this passion that allows me to instill in others an enthusiasm for learning. For me, learning should not be reciting from a textbook or memorizing meaningless information; learning should be based on a fundamental conceptual understanding where you can ask questions, connect information, and challenge ideas. As a recent college graduate in the digital age, I've mastered the ability to utilize the technological tools abundantly available to students today. I am not far removed from those students because I am still learning myself, each day, and can relate to the changing demands of education.
I obtained a B.S. in Biochemical & Biophysical science with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Houston. I worked as a teaching assistant in a college-level Biology course where I aided students with coursework and created study discussions for exams & quizzes, as well as tutored in a mathematics lab in both a group and an individual setting. I've had the opportunity to develop various strategies of learning & teaching based on the requirements of the subject, the time frame I’m given, and especially the needs of the individual student. I encourage students to both listen and hear while I reciprocate the same obligation to students so that I can find the best way to help them reach their educational goals. Outside of an academic environment, I’m exploring the world one hiking trail at a time, furthering my yoga practice and bettering the community through volunteering.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Houston - Bachelor of Science, Biochemical Engineering
SAT Verbal: 760
Yoga, hiking, art, cooking
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School Physics
Middle School Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student has a unique way of learning that, when identified and applied, can not only enhance the student's ability to learn but also make the process a fun one.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to discuss personal goals of the student and then set them higher to create a challenge for both myself and the student to exceed his or her expectations. This is when I like to learn as much as I can about the student's academic performance and study skills so that I can create a tailored learning experience for them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching a student how to learn outside of school or tutorials is vital for their growth, as this is where they will learn the most about what helps them succeed. Therefore, I offer many tools, tips, and tricks for the students to try at home so we can determine together what works best for them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation stems from an encouraging environment, so ensuring that the students feel that they are supported is crucial to keeping them working to the best of their ability. Constant communication between a tutor and a student is important for creating a supportive environment.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
A student having a difficult time with the material is not a reflection of their ability but rather a reflection of their learning style. When this happens, I will try a different approach and/or use teaching aids like simulations until the concepts become clearer to the student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to incorporate practice problems while going over concepts so that students can understand how to apply the ideas they are learning. This also helps me identify their level of understanding of the material.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
As I work with a student, I am constantly asking questions to understand their progress. Listening actively is the best tool to identify a student's strengths and opportunities to most effectively plan our sessions.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to use a combination of hand-drawn diagrams, 3-D simulations, textbook material, and videos to enhance the learning experience for the students I work with. Keeping the students engaged helps them succeed in learning new concepts and in retaining the information.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Both keeping an open mind while starting to work with a student for the first time and offering up a variety of learning strategies optimize the chances of successful learning. No two students are the same, and I believe that each one requires different teaching approaches according to their individual needs and abilities.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Using real world examples helps the students understand that they know more about the subject than they previously realized. This encourages the students while they move through the concepts because the concepts are no longer so unfamiliar and complex to them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Communication is necessary between a student and a tutor so that sessions can truly be effective. I take notice of all progress a student makes so that I can adjust my teaching style and/or set our goals higher when they perform better than they anticipated.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is a skill set that requires active reading where students must learn to ask questions about the purpose, tone, and main idea of the information given. Students must practice this skill just like any other skill and they will undoubtedly see an improvement in their ability to read and analyze information.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Students that struggle in a subject see learning as a chore, so I first aim to build their conceptual foundations in this area. Secondly, I provide examples from real world scenarios or industry innovations to excite the student about the subject. Finally, I like to reward the student's progress in completing small individual goals so that they have an incentive to continue learning.