I graduated from the University of Redlands in April 2015 with a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. and Biology. I have three years of tutoring experience at the University of Redlands, where I tutored college students in general chemistry, organic chemistry and molecular genetics.
I initially began tutoring at the University of Redlands because of my enthusiasm for learning. I am a firm believer that the best way to fully grasp a subject is through teaching. I enjoy the challenge of explaining difficult topics in chemistry and biology in a variety of ways that tailor to each student’s unique learning style. Of course I quickly learned that the most rewarding part about being a tutor is seeing your students succeed. It is gratifying to watch students finally grasp a concept that they have been struggling with, or to see their self-confidence rise with your help and encouragement.
My passion for teaching, clear communication skills, and ability to build strong, personal relationships with students are essential attributes that make me a successful tutor. I am passionate about education, and I believe that the passion of a teacher directly affects the interest and learning of students. I strive to bring that passion into my tutoring sessions so that students are not only engaged in the topics at hand, but also develop their own interest in the matter. Passionate teaching must also be accompanied by coherent communication. I have learned that an effective tutor is not only excited about the subject, but is also able to convey the information efficiently. My ultimate goal in tutoring is to provide a nourishing environment that allows students to learn and grow intellectually.
When I am not studying or tutoring, I enjoy playing golf, watching any sporting event (especially basketball, football and hockey), and spending time with my friends and family and two dogs.
University of Redlands - Bachelors, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session, I begin by getting to know the student, asking them about their academic goals, hobbies, and what they hope to get out of the class that they need help with. Next, I want to know specifically where they feel they need the most help so I can plan my tutoring sessions around that. I like to utilize the session by not only helping them understand the material, but also showing them how certain test questions may look pertaining to that topic, thus helping them develop better test-taking and studying skills.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would try and teach the student how to look for the answers when a teacher or tutor is not around. A key aspect to academic success is knowing what resources could help explain the topic, and where to locate those resources. For example, in chemistry, I like to point students not only to their textbook, but also to certain educational websites that contain visual aids and videos to better demonstrate the topic at hand. I also try to strengthen a student's independence by giving them a variety of questions of the same topic, so they can really apply the concept to different questions. Once the student is able to apply the knowledge, they gain confidence and become a more independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation can come from the student within, or from the educator presenting the material. If a student has a dislike in the topic, his/her motivation will be very low, and as a result the class grade will suffer. What I like to do is try and show the student why learning the information is pertinent to real-world applications. A lot of students believe that the classes they take in school are only for school and will never be used anywhere else. This is not necessarily true, especially with math and science. There are many applications to each individual topic learned, and I do my best to demonstrate these so the student develops his/her own interest in the topic, and thus stays motivated to keep learning.