I just received my Master of Science in Chemistry Research at the University of Northern Colorado and previously obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at California State University San Marcos. I have over two years of experience teaching undergraduate labs for corresponding lecture courses in general, organic, inorganic, and biochemistry at the University of Northern Colorado. Here I had the opportunity to work with 20-30 students per class, but worked one-on-one with students who wished for individual attention during office hours. I received the Outstanding Chemistry Teaching Assistant award in 2014. I have had the opportunity to work with mentors and professors in the chemical education field whom helped develop the tools and techniques in my teaching skill set. I tutor for general, honors, organic, and physical chemistry courses where physical chemistry is my favorite subject. I know that anyone can be successful, but sometimes it may just take a little practice or motivation. I want to help you reach your goals by providing a challenging yet engaging experience. Outside of the classroom and lab I enjoy fitness, snowboarding, traveling, music, and computer/board games.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-San Marcos - Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry
Graduate Degree: University of Northern Colorado - Master of Science, Chemistry
Snowboarding, fitness, music, computer games, board games, running
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Effort will take you to great heights! You do not need to be a genius to be successful in chemistry. I enjoy learning, and want to make learning a great experience for others as well.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Asses their current understanding of the material and begin to map out a personal learning plan. Small, obtainable goals will help move us through the semester, so the course will not feel like a daunting task.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Providing my own techniques of how to approach problems you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with. Remember to not panic and go step by step.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive reinforcement is my favorite technique. Students should never settle, and I will continue to show you new ways to approach tackling difficult problems. This does not happen over night!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Take a break. Digesting information will help lead to understanding. I will try to find new ways to introduce the topic when the concept is revisited.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Slow down your reading. Reading it fast multiple times may not always help understanding. It will help maximize the efficiency of your time to go at a slower pace.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know their personality will help personalize a long-term teaching plan. I will offer my experiences as a student to help build the foundation of good routines.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
The snowball effect. Small victories during practice will lead to bigger successes when it counts. Everyone needs to start somewhere, and it is okay if it is from the very beginning.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Teaching is the best way to learn. I will be the student and they will walk me through the problem, providing reasons for what they did and why.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
A discussion with the student will help me assess their understanding. Practice tests that I provide will also help track their progress along the way.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The long-term plan I map out will not completely be my decision. The student will provide their input on the degree of difficulty and the pace of the learning. The lesson plan will be fluid and can change when it needs to.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on the student and the best way that will help them learn. I can provide visual aids, textbooks, and practice problems.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Repetition will help cement the understanding. There will be a comprehensive check of all the material we cover along the way to make sure older topics are not forgotten.