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Sean

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I am a health and behavior researcher and educator. I love teaching, public health, and psychology! I have taught many subjects including statistics and epidemiology to students of all backgrounds.

I love helping people, and meeting them where they are in terms of knowledge, understanding, and comfort. Each person has strengths, and they can be applied to almost any subject. The challenge for tutors is to help connect each students' strengths with the subject matter.

Sean’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Temple University - PHD, Public Health

Hobbies

biking, hiking, pets, gardening, cooking, techno

Tutoring Subjects

College English

English

Epidemiology

High School English

Math

Nutrition

Other

Public Health

Statistics

Statistics Graduate Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I like to, as quickly as possible, try to understand where a student is coming from, and how much they already know. Meeting a student where they are helps them feel more confident, and starts the learning process off right!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students become independent learners by practicing the skill of "problem formulation." Students, with my help, become more able to identify their own gaps in understanding and knowledge. They also learn when to turn to various resources, and how to break down tasks into more manageable segments. By facilitating these skills, I find that my students become more able to study and learn on their own, beyond the tutoring sessions.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By helping them laugh (!), and to see the value in the work or subject area.

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

Using simpler language, as well as backing up and explaining a concept from a different perspective, or using a "real-world" example.

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

Highlighting key sentences or paragraphs, and making notes while reading is a good way to increase comprehension, and it facilitates studying later.