I am a former medical student with two years of experience under my belt and a Bachelor's in Biology. I am currently working for a tech giant. I have years of tutoring STEM subjects and being a mentor for undergraduate students in Upstate New York. The world of science and how the human body interacts with its surroundings fascinates me! Therefore, it is no surprise I enjoy tutoring Anatomy and Microbiology up to the college level. I also enjoy teaching high school and lower level sciences . My method is simple, we learn together and use tools that best work for you (visual or auditory). I'll try to spark an interest in your learning capabilities and facilitate every step of the way. The goal is to make you an independent learner.
SUNY at Albany - Bachelors, BIOLOGY
ST. George's school of medicine - Current Grad Student, Medicine
What is your teaching philosophy?
To create a foundation that will help students become independent learners for life, and help empower others.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Understand the student's goals and look at current studying habits. Focus on the student's strengths and weaknesses. Look into what type of learners they are (visual or auditory), and implement a plan for the course of tutoring.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help them pick what learning tools work best for them and what is the most effective method of time management to achieve their goals. The more efficient they become, the more independent they will be.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Reward is the biggest motivator. Show the student improvement, and constantly test a student in the particular subject. Tracking progress will motivate.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Look at the concept in a different angle, and approach it with different learning tools, for example mnemonics.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Break down paragraphs into smaller fragments, and explore words they do not understand. Reconstruct the sentences in one's own words.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Listening and letting them try to solve a problem one step at a time. Learning is a marathon, not a race. The next time they come across a similar problem, it should come from recall.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Show them their strengths and how they could use them to tackle difficult problems. Building confidence generally will remove thoughts of being weak in certain areas.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Testing is the best technique; weekly quizzes, homework that will help them recall certain pieces of information, etc. Use the same concept but word questions differently.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
You show them how their ability can be translated into success, and together you work to bridge that gap.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Based on current performance and what the student feels he/she is doing right/wrong to exceed their goals.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
You focus on the student's methods that have in the past given them success, and you build a platform using learning tools to foster that skill.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
By repeating concepts and having the student explain it to me back (teach back), as well as by creating diagrams and concept maps that should aid students who love visual aspects of learning.