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Hello there! I am currently a senior at Mercy College. My major is Health Sciences with a focus on Occupational Therapy, additionally I am also working towards a minor in Psychology. I am due to graduate with my Bachelors Degree in May 2016. As a student studying Occupational Therapy, there is a lot of emphasis on learning the human body. Anatomy is truly a fascinating subject to study, it helps us learn about what makes us essentially us. Let me assist you in tackling anatomy and physiology. I understand that not everyone studies and learns the same way, I will work with you to help figure out a way for you to learn the material. My goal is to assist you in leaning the material and understand it so you can succeed in your exams and continue working towards your chosen degree program.

Marisa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Mercy College - Bachelor in Arts, Health Sciences


Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, reading, kickboxing, running

Tutoring Subjects


Anatomy & Physiology




Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

The key is to promote a comfortable environment for the students to ask questions so they may learn and master the material.

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

Ask the student how they feel about the material they have recently learned, then ask if they have specific questions on the content.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Provide them confidence in mastering the material. Any student who is encouraged will gain the confidence to thrive.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Reassure them that they know the material and that it is okay to reference their notes and materials if they feel stuck.

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

Provide different ways for the student to study; not every student learns in the same manner.

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

I slow down the session and will review word for word and explain the material in a different method in hopes that it helps the student master the material.

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

Promoting a safe environment for them to ask questions, and building trust with the student. Students tend to work better with someone who is not judgmental and who they know is on their side.

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

You get creative. You can create Jeopardy games with the material, offer small prizes for correct answers, and tell them that you know they are going to do great on the next exam or assessment.

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

I would supplement with quizzes, Jeopardy games, memory games, along with PowerPoints.

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

You put the subject material into something the student already knows and conceptualizes.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would ask the student how they were feeling with the class and how they felt about the tests. I'd also use my reviews and ask the student what areas needed to be reviewed more thoroughly.

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

I ask them how they study and what methods work best for them. If those don't work, then it is trial and error with different methods. I do not give up assisting my students until I know they mastered the material and have a sense of comfort with it.

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

It depends on the subject that is being tutored. I encourage students to bring materials they need. For Anatomy and Physiology, I bring my set of notes and materials that I have from when I took the class as well as Teaching Assistant Material I have.