I am a graduate of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) as well as the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). I obtained my Bachelor's of Science in biology from UCI and my Masters in Biology from UCSD. I have always loved science, and during my graduate program, I discovered that I am deeply passionate about teaching. I tutor a broad range of science subjects, but my favorites are Ecology and Evolution, Environmental Science, and Genetics. I believe that in order to be a successful tutor I must be patient with my students and willing to try many different teaching strategies and explanations to ensure that my students succeed. I hope to impart some of my love for science in my students; it's much easier for a student to learn a subject when their interest has been peaked. My hobbies include writing, dancing, crafting, and video games!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Master of Science, Biology, General
Poetry, Dancing, Crafting, Crochet, Video Games
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The basis of my teaching philosophy is patience and creativity. I am exceptional at remaining patient with my students while they struggle with difficult concepts and lessons. This patience allows me to creatively convey the material at hand in as many ways as needed until my student gains clarity and understanding.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Before we meet, I like to have the student send me any reading or test review material they may have so that I can be as up to speed as possible before we meet for the first time. In the initial part of our first session, I like to get to know my students as people: what do they like, what are their hobbies, which subjects are their favorites and why they don't like or are struggling with the subject at hand. Knowing who my student is allows me to provide better examples and understand where they are mentally whenever we meet. Then, I briefly discuss their goals for this class and we dive into the material. I prefer to tackle the areas of highest difficulty first and progress to areas of lower difficulty later.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I use my own experiences from high school, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego. I have many different study strategies that can be applied depending on the material at hand. Cultivating the student's interest, passion, and/or creativity in the subject matter is my favorite way to help the student become an independent learner. If they are excited about the subject matter, they are more likely to want to engage with it when they are studying on their own.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
With difficult concepts, I break them down into smaller and easier to understand parts. I review the material with the student until I can hone in on where their confusion is coming from. If there are multiple sources of confusion, I determine if they have anything in common before proceeding with a lesson (if there is an underlying theory that the student doesn't understand, I will ensure they grasp that theory before moving forward). I would apply their life experiences and find a way to relate the material to concepts and ideas they are familiar with to ease the learning of the difficult concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I work with them to help them establish active reading habits. First, we will usually step back from the material for a moment to gain mental clarity. Then, we will discuss what the reading passage is likely about and how it fits into other concepts they have learning about. We would then do a quick read through together and talk about the general take away points; we would determine the major thoughts of the passage. Then, we would go through each sentence individually to see if it builds on the major themes we already discovered or if there are more themes to be found.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
1. Maintaining my passion and excitement about the subject matter. 2. Allowing the student to make mistakes and learn from them. 3. Understanding that the student is likely dealing with outside sources of stress that could make studying more difficult. Acknowledging those other stressors often allows the student to get more out of the lesson and remain focused on the material at hand.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I take great enjoyment in getting to know my students as people. Having an idea of what they love or what their hobbies are lets me relate those things to the subject in question and provide the student with a new and exciting perspective.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Tests are very helpful to ascertain the comprehension of material. I also constantly check in with my students throughout the lesson to ensure they are following the lesson. I will verbally check in to see if they have questions, and if they seem to be understanding everything, I have them teach me about what we're talking about. Having them take on the role of teacher helps illustrate any weak points or gaps in understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build my students' confidence by praising them when they succeed, but also by showing them that mistakes and failures are nothing to be scared of. Making errors is how we learn what we know and what we don't know, and this puts us one step closer to true understanding.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Once I have established goals with the student, we can evaluate together if we are meeting those goals. I review the student's test material to see if there is a specific concept or type of question that they struggle with. Also, I ask the student what they need help with! If they don't know, we figure it out together.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am highly adaptable in the tutoring environment. If I need to be measured and calm in order for the student to feel comfortable, that is the approach I will take. If I need to be excited and energetic to motivate a student, I can easily let my passion for the subject shine through. I have many tools in my teaching toolkit, and I use any and all of them to help my students.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use any and all materials that are available to us. I use textbooks, review guides, homework assignments, old tests, projects, and lecture slides.