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Christina

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As a recent graduate of Marist College, with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, I am currently enrolled as a first year student at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering and helping others in any way possible. I am a certified Emergency Medical Technician and can often be found volunteering for the community’s ambulance services. Additionally, I have attended two medical missions to Ecuador with the Blanca’s house organization which have each significantly enhanced my understanding of the medical field and the basic sciences. While I do tutor a variety of subjects, I am most passionate about the basic sciences including chemistry, and biology. I also enjoy tutoring math! My belief is that with an organized approach, a clear comprehension of one’s strengths, and the ability to accommodate a student’s needs, a tutor will be the most successful in assisting his or her students. Motivation is also a key component of both learning and tutoring. As a motivated student myself, I hope to positively encourage those I tutor to become passionate about the material at hand.

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Christina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Marist College - Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences

Graduate Degree: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine - Non Degree Doctorals, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Hobbies

snowboarding, painting, running, volunteering

Tutoring Subjects

1st Grade Math

2nd Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

4th Grade Math

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Science

7th Grade Science

8th Grade Science

Chemistry

College Chemistry

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science

General Chemistry

High School Chemistry

Math

Middle School Science

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

As a teacher, I believe one should always be attempting to motivate his or her students. When a student is struggling, it may be difficult for them to find the material they are struggling with interesting and/or appealing. I'm not only helping them to grasp a better understanding of this material. I believe it is also my responsibility to ignite some interest in the coursework at hand, and to help them better succeed with it on their own in the future.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

One of the most important components of tutoring involves organization and accomplishment. In a typical first session with a student, I would begin by going over a list of goals we plan to achieve by not only the end of our first session, but also the ends of our future sessions. I would then discuss their current study habits, areas of struggle, and the ways in which my role as their tutor could be of the most assistance to them. By helping students to make outlines, explaining the material to them, going over homework questions, or just serving as a peer to discuss the subjects with, the two of us would collaboratively create a plan to ensure the student's future success.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I could help a student become more independent by helping them to develop more suitable study habits for their needs. I could also go through the given texts and other resources with them during our sessions, to better prepare the student for circumstances where they may be confused about the material and not have someone to ask and explain it.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would provide a student with positive encouragement, while allowing them to see the progress they've made in understanding the material. I plan to set small goals with the student initially. As they achieve them, I'd demonstrate such to the students so that they feel motivated to keep trying and keep improving!

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would attempt to break it down in a very simple manner, starting with the information that is given in a question and any other information that is provided to us. I would then write out a step by step method to help them learn that concept and provide them with numerous practice scenarios.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I would help students by providing them with simpler, shorter passages initially, and I'd work with them to master those. I would then slowly provide them more and more difficult passages and help them to work their way up to understanding them and being able to answer questions regarding the information in them. I would also help the students identify key components of the passages to help them better understand the important points being addressed.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I always like to initially make a plan, set goals, and figure out the major areas of interest for our upcoming tutoring sessions. I feel that doing so helps us to stay focused and successfully address the student's needs.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would try to relate it to something that they're interested in. Any subject can be related to something applicable in everyone's everyday lives -its just a matter of how! Perhaps, if a student realized why the information in a given subject was important, from a bigger picture, they would be more interested in mastering it.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I like to break things down into steps, and as I'm working with a student, I identify which step or steps they may be confused on. It is much more difficult to see what a student does or doesn't understand by just viewing a problem that they're unable to answer. If the problem's solution is broken down into steps, it is easier to see what parts of it they're already comfortable with, versus which parts they're struggling with. In ensuring a student understands, I would also have them attempt to briefly teach me the material. I believe that in teaching others, one is truly able to comprehend the subject at hand.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

A student can build on their confidence by setting goals and achieving them. If a student is able to physically see the progress they've made, they're more likely to feel proud, even if there are still some areas of confusion that need to be addressed.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would evaluate a student's needs by discussing their current areas of difficulty with them, and their current techniques for attempting to resolve these areas of difficulty. Perhaps the student doesn't understand the fundamental concepts in the material or perhaps they're just attempting to study the material in an inefficient and ineffective manner. Together, we would figure out how to best handle whichever areas of need the student has.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I adapt by figuring out what the student's needs are and then accommodating those needs with whichever techniques I feel will be the most successful in resolving them. For example, if the student is struggling with their conceptual understanding of the material, I will focus on explaining it to them, beginning with the basics. If a student is struggling with memorization, I will work with them on their methods of memorization, provide them with tools to do so, and help them to practice!

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

The materials I use typically vary depending on the student's age. For college students, I tend to use a pen, paper, and a textbook. While for elementary school students, I tend to use objects (for math) and other more physically appealing materials to help them better understand the concepts and to keep them more engaged.


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