I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Utah, studying Biology and participating in the school's Pre-Medicine Program. I have always had a passion for the human body and the science that drives its day-to-day functions. I have TA experience in both undergraduate chemistry lab courses as well as general biology courses. These opportunities to provide additional help to students have strengthened my desire and passion to teach students, and share the vast diversity of knowledge that the biological world has to offer. I was born and raised in sunny, southern California, and now work as an ocean lifeguard for Laguna Beach. This job has allowed me to transform anatomical and physiological knowledge from the classroom, and incorporate it into emergency field operations, where we encounter traumatic injuries on a daily basis. I plan to continue teaching and lifeguarding in California after graduating from the University, and from there pursue my final dream, which is to practice emergency medicine.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Utah - Bachelors, Biology, General
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I make it a critical point to not proceed in any lecture material until I am confident that the student I am working with has understood the content at hand. Most subjects have a tendency to build on the concepts within, therefore it is important for the student to understand before progressing any further.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a first session meeting with any student, I would want to understand what the student would like to take away from this one-on-one interactive experience. I would like to know what ways that individual student learns best (visual, physical, etc.) and what their goals are for their academic experience.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
To help a student become an independent learner, I find it best to present the content in an approachable way, continuously question them in different ways, and lastly, ask them to describe to me what they have learned (not repeating, but explaining in their own words, using different examples).
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Learning can be a difficult and quite often frustrating experience. I believe I can help a student maintain confidence and stay motivated by utilizing positive reinforcement and not becoming impatient. I also can keep them motivated by approaching the difficult content at hand from a different direction, giving the problem/concept a different appearance so that the student may grasp the idea and understand and appreciate it.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would wish to pause whatever we were doing, trace back our steps, and re-approach that skill or concept from another angle, repeating this until the student has a firm grasp of the problem/concept. This is one of the best strategies, and is critical in the student's learning process.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is difficult to understand, in that it is dynamic. I would help students struggling with comprehension by breaking down the format, and maintaining step-by-step analysis. I would show students how I approach comprehensive problems in reading, and how I interpret them.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that maintaining a slow, but steady rate in a student's learning process is critical, and that it greatly helps students understand concepts before building on them. I also have found that preparing for a session by reading up on their own course notes, looking at their instructor's notes, presentations, past exams, etc., can also help me be an effective tutor.