I am a graduate of Millersville University in Pennsylvania. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Marine Science. I furthered my education at California State University of Northridge, receiving a Master of Science in Biology with a focus on Marine Parasitology. I went on to present my thesis dissertation at the Southern California Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting at Loyola Marymount University. During my undergraduate career, I worked in an ecology research lab for four years. Here I honed my writing and public speaking skills, which led to three winning research papers that were presented at prestigious local colleges. During my graduate education, I worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate students in Parasitology and Animal Histology (400-level courses). In addition, I have assisted students with public speaking and PowerPoint generation while overseeing these upper-division courses. I primarily tutor science based subjects, which include all age ranges and experience levels. My college student tutoring focuses on Biology, Ecology and Marine Science. I found a passion in teaching fellow classmates and younger generations, ranging in topics from the complex to the basic. If you have the will to learn, I have the will to teach! For me to mentor is to bestow the knowledge I have acquired over the years and continue the next generation of education. I assure you if given the opportunity, you will see that I can distill even the most advanced of topics into the logical and understandable. Outside of tutoring, I enjoy fitness (running, lifting, and yoga), which helps keep the body aligned with the mind. I also find enjoyment in fishing and diving in my down time.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Millersville University of Pennsylvania - Bachelors, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: California State University-Northridge - Masters, Biology, General
Marine Biology, Fishing, Diving, Chess, Fitness
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching through practice, hands-on experience, and repetition. If you have the will to learn, I have the will to teach!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introductions, determine grasp of material in need of tutoring, some basic familiarization with areas of strength and weakness of topic.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Through repetition/practice of subject material, delineating personalized studying methods that work best for the individual, and fostering personal morale. One must be confident in their abilities to truly become an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To avoid frustration and to maintain motivation, a reward-based system must always be in place. Be it praise, prize, or simply a personal morale boost. By showing dedication to teaching someone a new topic, I can and will instill motivation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will further reinforce the topic with videos, PowerPoints, and other media so they can get a better grasp of the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I walk them step-by-step through the reading that they are having difficulty with until they understand what is being read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find it useful to find out the student's current knowledge via minor testing and online quizzes. Outlining a game plan is always a smart first step as well.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I generate interest in difficult topics through the use of intriguing relevant online media and interactive games.