I am currently a fourth year dental student at University of Michigan. I graduated from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University with a double Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Psychology. I have been tutoring for approximately eleven years, and have worked with students ranging from third grade to college students. I began tutoring as a way to give back to the community, help students become interested in the world around them and grasp the knowledge just waiting at their fingertips. I have tutored a variety of subjects including Math, Reading, Writing, and Science classes, as well as standardized tests such as the SAT and assisted with college admission essays. I really enjoy tutoring Math, because it was one of the subjects I struggled with the most while going through Middle School and High School. It taught me how essential it is to have a strong foundation not just in Math, but in any and every subject. Having struggled in certain courses before, I understand how frustrated students might get if they are struggling to understand something that is not "sticking," and I try to make tutoring more interactive and fun to counteract that. Also, I focus on making sure students truly understand the concepts we are learning, rather than just memorizing facts in the moment. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing badminton, singing, and traveling to new cities around the World.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelor of Science, Microbiology and Psychology
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1520
SAT Math: 780
SAT Verbal: 770
Playing sports, hiking, reading, singing, traveling, and photography!
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
Anatomy & Physiology
Elementary School Math
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to interact with my students instead of just talking at them. When approaching any problem, I ask them to walk me through how they would answer the question. This allows me to understand their thought process so that I can offer as much pertinent and effective guidance as possible. I am a firm believer in learning through teaching, so sometimes I have my students pretend they are teaching me the material or helping me solve a problem. This ensures that they truly understand the material because you have to have complete knowledge of a subject in order to teach it to someone else.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I go through some general problems or practice tests in any given area in order to see where the student is struggling firsthand. I also ask the student what they have the most difficulty with, and what they think is the most effective teaching style. I like to go through schedules during the first session as well to establish a meeting time/day that is "set in stone" so that the student and I can both get used to a regular routine. More than anything though, I like to talk to the students so that they do not feel nervous or anxious about working with a new tutor. I want to make sure they know that I am here as a mentor, a tutor, and also someone they can trust and reach out to.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think the best way to help a student become an independent learner is to boost their self-confidence in whatever area they are struggling with. Once a student feels more comfortable with a certain topic, they are more likely to approach the problems and solve them alone rather than having a tutor or friend walk them through each step.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe in constant encouragement. When a student feels like there is someone appreciating their hard work and progress, they are more likely to stay motivated. I have seen this technique work, and most of my students continue to stay on top of their school work and work towards the goals they have made for themselves.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to explain it in another way using a new example!