As a tutor, my goal is to build my student's confidence by improving their study habits, critical thinking skills, and problem solving ability. This is achieved by a general assessment in the subject in question followed by analysis of such assessment. Following assessment, the student and I will work on the areas he or she is struggling in. Previous experience has taught me that no student learns exactly the same and I strive to find the strategy that works best for the individual. I have tutored numerous grades ranging from pre-k-college so I have a wide range of experience. I enjoy working with kids of all ages and my favorite subjects to teach are math, biology, and chemistry.
As a current student, I know that sometimes certain topics can seem impossible, but working at it is the only way to improve. I hope to provide the best possible tutoring experience for the student and the teacher in an environment conducive to learning. I am currently a junior at Creighton University seeking a degree in management and hope to attend dental school in the future. Outside of school I like to spend time outdoors and enjoy surfing and hiking.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Creighton University - Current Undergrad, Management
SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 720
DAT Perceptual Ability: 22
DAT Quantitative Reasoning: 24
DAT Reading Comprehension: 21
Hiking, surfing, anything outdoors
DAT Perceptual Ability
DAT Quantitative Reasoning
DAT Reading Comprehension
DAT Survey of the Natural Sciences
Elementary School Math
High School Biology
SAT Subject Tests Prep
What is your teaching philosophy?
I strive to enhance the student's critical-thinking skills and problem-solving abilities by applying my previous knowledge of the subject.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Acquainting myself with the student is first and foremost. Next, I will ask how the student learns best and what strategies do not work for him/her. Finally, I will ascertain what the student wishes to gain from tutoring.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Boosting a student's confidence in himself/herself encourages learning outside of the session and school. Pushing good study habits will be my method.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will offer my knowledge on the subject, and if they continue to have confusion, I will consult other references, like the textbook or the Internet.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Starting with easier passages first builds a student's confidence. When progressing to harder passages, breaking the passage down into sections proves most useful.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Often a student dislikes subjects that they are struggling with. Get them to succeed incrementally, increasing confidence and building an affinity for the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I will quiz them on the hardest types of questions from that material to ensure they know and understand it.