The teachers and tutors that I have had in the past who stand out in my memory have some attributes in common: they presented their subjects in a way that caught my interest, clarified difficult topics and led me through complex areas. They also put their knowledge into context so that its relevance was apparent. These role models have influenced my approach to teaching: I view myself primarily as a facilitator of learning, rather than as an expert who simply delivers information to students. When planning a tutoring session, I am always conscious of each student's different learning styles and rates, what they have already learned and what they will need to learn in the future. Feedback from students has been vital to the process of growth I have undergone since I began tutoring.
Undergraduate Degree: University of South Florida - Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences
Graduate Degree: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine - Master of Science, Medical Sciences
ACT Math: 33
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1220
Cycling, running, playing basketball, going to the movies, swimming, going to the beach, kayaking.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would start conceptually with the fundamentals of the concept and then work on building up knowledge in layers.
What is your teaching philosophy?
"Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard."
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I try to access each student's understanding of a particular subject as well as identify their strengths and weaknesses. I then formulate a study plan to ensure their success.