Hi potential students! I am an energetic and (at times, depending on how much you love the subject) fun tutor living in Houston TX. I am originally from Connecticut, but moved down to Houston to attend Rice University, where I graduated with a BS in biochemistry and a minor in poverty, justice and human capabilities. After school, I was accepted into Teach for America Houston, and I taught high school physics and chemistry at my placement school, Wheatley High School, for three years. There I learned how to be the educator I am today. I love working with a wide variety of students, from those who just need a quick push to those who need a complete and total re-education on a subject. I love everything related to science and math, and more importantly I love teaching it in a variety of different ways to a variety of different students. There is nothing I enjoy more than seeing a student light up with an understanding of a difficult topic.
While teaching, I not only taught the basic sciences but also helped students through other subjects such as algebra and geometry. In addition, I tutored many students through a mini SAT prep course, and would love to help you succeed in this as well.
In addition to teaching and tutoring, I love sports and was the varsity cross country and soccer coach during my time at Wheatley. Convincing students to want to run a 3.1 mile race was a whole other battle, but I enjoyed every minute of it. In 2014, we were the District 22-4A Champions!
All in all, what you will get from me is a tutor who enjoys a challenge. I challenge myself everyday, and I will do the same for you in order to help you get wherever you hope to go.
Undergraduate Degree: Rice University - Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry
I enjoy all sorts of athletics. I run, play soccer and Ultimate Frisbee frequently. In addition, I like trying new things out such as guitar or writing fiction.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Students can learn anything and even enjoy doing it. It is just a matter of how they learn best and how much time they are willing to put into it. It is up to the educator to find how they learn best (visual, auditory, etc.), and it is up to the student to put in the time.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out what the student knows and how they like to learn. What do they feel is their best work environment? When was a time they picked something up really quick? I would give them some sort of diagnostic in addition to these questions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By helping them realize the tools they need for their individual learning. If they can understand their strengths and weaknesses, they can adapt any study session to their strengths, while avoiding "banging their head against a wall" through their weaknesses.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
What are the student's biggest motivations and desires, regardless of education? Because whatever their motivations, an education is almost always a way to that.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try teaching the concept in a different way. For example, we may go from book work (visual) to talking about a concept (auditory). Or we might need to stop talking and figure out some hand gesture that can help them remember the flow of the activity (kinesthetic). I love finding new ways to teach the same thing. It makes stuff more interesting.