I graduated from the University of North Florida (located in Jacksonville Florida) with a Bachelors in Biology and minor in Psychology. Upon graduation, I taught 8th grade science for four years. As a teacher, I had the opportunity to interact with great students and see the progress that they made through out the school year. The most memorable moment as a teacher, was everyday. Everyday during my teaching career was fun and exciting and educational all at the same time. One of my favorite things about teaching is the hidden fun. There are so many opportunities to make learning fun and exciting. I believe that making the subject relevant to the student(s) makes a world of difference in how learning takes place. I am very passionate about science and the concepts and theories behind this study. I tutor in Anatomy and Physiology, Physical science, Life science, and science in general.
University of North Florida - Bachelors, Biology
11th Grade Math
12th Grade Math
3rd Grade Science
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Science
Anatomy & Physiology
CLEP College Algebra
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Chemistry
Middle School Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teach until the light bulb turns on.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session, I take the time to get to know my student, including their likes and dislikes. The student and I get to know each other. I would do an activity that allows me to see what kind of learner the student is and how he or she processes information. Following that, I would perform an academic diagnostic "test" to gather data related to the student's weak and strong points.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Allowing a student to take charge of their own learning and providing autonomy while enhancing self-confidence is how I would aid a student in becoming an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Setting attainable goals is a way I would help the student stay motivated, along with providing small incentives.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
There are many paths taken that lead to the same ending; therefore, if a student is having difficulty learning a concept, it is my duty as the tutor to figure out another path to take. That means, making the concept relatable to the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is a major problem with students today. One of many methods that I have seen work is visualization. By visualizing what is being read, students are able to create scenes or movies in their minds.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
It's not a strategy per se, but I have found that building a good rapport with the student when starting to work with them allows great success throughout the tutoring interactions.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Making the subject relevant to the student's life is a good way to make a student excited and engaged with a struggling subject. For example, if the student is interested in video games, I would make the subject somehow related to video games. Another way is to make the subject into a game.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Teaching demonstrates understanding; thus, I would have the student teach the subject back to me to assure me that comprehension of the subject has been gained.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Setting incremental goals for the student is one way I would build a student's confidence in a subject. Tracking is another way that confidence can be built. Showing a student where they started and how far they have come along helps them see their progress, which in turns build confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Evaluation is based on data. Therefore, in order for me to know the needs of the student, I must collect empirical data during the tutoring sessions. This includes baseline data, progressive data, and existing data. Existing data will help me identify whether I need to reteach or review certain concepts.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The needs of the student are the priority; therefore, my style of tutoring is in synchronization with the learning mode of the student. For example, if the student is a visual learner, then the way I would tutor is by using visual contexts. The mode that the student is in, is the mode that I am in as the tutor.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Materials used depend on the subject being tutored; however, I am a big advocate for the 3D models and materials that are tactile.