I am working on a Bachelor of Science in Sociology at the University of Utah, with an interest in teaching.
Outside of tutoring I coach a high school debate team, ensuring I stay current with a wide range of topics. My areas of expertise are communication and reading comprehension, which I feel are important to all educational topics.
Learning is a critical part of everyone's life experiences and I am fully committed to making it the best experience possible. There is a deep satisfaction in education that I want to impart to every student, no matter the subject. Tutoring is very dependent on communication and I strive to provide clear and personalized aid to my students.
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, political analysis, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Utah - Current Undergrad, Sociology
Hiking, reading, ultimate frisbee
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Science
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Reading
8th Grade Science
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
AP US History
CLEP Introductory Sociology
College Level American History
College World History
MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
High School World History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is very much based around individual communication. Tutoring should be personalized to the student, focusing on cultivating their strengths and compensating for their weak points.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know the student, who they are, what they want out of this tutoring, how they learn, and what they need help with most.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Ensuring that students are capable without me means guiding and supporting them during the learning process, not just providing answers. I work to create positions where students discover the answers themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Breaking down difficult tasks into small, manageable steps ensures steady progress. Struggling might not be fun, but it's important to keep working, and things will improve.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would find the points that the student understood and build from there.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Slow down and work at the student's pace, as well as break the reading into smaller parts so we can identify problem passages.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Having a student explain their thought processes to me helps both the student and the tutor. It allows me to see how students work and correct any mistakes, and it forces the student to think and carefully work through their problems.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to find an area they are interested in and tie it in to the current subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
If a student is capable of explaining the material to me as though I were the student and they were the tutor, then they have mastered the subject.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Start slow; everybody knows something about almost every subject. We can work from those points to build up a knowledge base for more difficult topics.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I like to start by establishing a baseline of what the student thinks they know and what they want to work on. From there, I evaluate based on their feedback and any other issues they run into.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
There will always be a period of trial and error as tutor and student both need to understand each other. Constant communication is key to helping me understand how I can best aid students.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Materials depend on the subject at hand and the needs of the student. I typically utilize online resources.