I graduated from John Jay College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensia and my studies still continue as I pursue my doctorate on the path to becoming a medical examiner. I am passionate about tutoring not only because I love learning but it is important to me to confer my knowledge in the hopes of helping my students obtain a deeper understanding of subject matter as it is critical to achieving success. It is my personal goal and privilege to prepare all my students in the most effective methods of studying, test taking and subject comprehension. I understand that each student learns differently and as such will tailor my methods to ensure I convey information in a way best suited to their understanding. I am excited to offer tutoring sessions that are fun, informational and uses every minute devoted to increasing my students knowledge and test scores. Outside of academic pursuits I enjoy cooking, sculpting, and yoga.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice - Bachelors, Forensic Science
cooking , baking , sculpting , drawing , yoga
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everyone is capable of learning if they are willing to put the time and effort into it. Amazing things can be achieved when you do not limit yourself.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Ask them what they struggle with, what they excel in, and how have they tried to correct the problem. In addition, learn about their perspective on the learning process so I can assess how to best motivate them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Encourage them to take responsibility for their success, and to view me as only a guide. Teach them healthy study habits and methods of problem solving that they can implement independently, have them plan study schedules, set small goals one at a time, and have them communicate with me about subject problems when they have trouble.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Give them praise for work well done, but also for the participation in their success by putting in the time to get tutored. I will remind them to keep focused on the bigger picture, that the end goal will be worth the effort, but also help them realize they aren't alone, so they shouldn't be doubtful or dismissive about themselves.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
We will spend energy on that concept and constantly revisit it until it is grasped, but I would not delay moving forward in the learning process if it is not a requisite or impedes understanding of subsequent concepts in an area of study (e.g. creation of pyruvate from glycolysis for TCA vs digestion). I would also suggest another resource that I have vetted myself.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Read with them aloud, often, so I can assess which part they are struggling with: phonemes, morphemes, or syntax. Then make flashcards, create games, and encourage them to do more reading and listening activities. Ask them questions about what was just read and have them put it in their own words.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Problem solving with them, not for or at them. Allowing them to explain their reasoning, which then allows me to explain the correction, which in turn opens their minds to suggestion. By talking out a problem, I am able to assess where they understand or are misguided. How they arrive at the answer is of great importance since it demonstrates comprehension of the concept.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Being excited and energetic in my tutoring approach. Making it into a game, being more visual with things such as drawings, or relating the subject to something they identify with such as their favorite show, or creating challenge questions where they compete against themselves. Even small incentives such as gold stars can make learning more fun. Overall be engaging and have them participate.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Analogies are always helpful. Relate the material to things they know or find interesting. Have them do example questions at each session or concept that we then review together, as well as assign a few homeworks.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement and encouragement. Even if they don't understand everything or do everything correctly, having a positive attitude about their ability and conveying high expectations of them will allow them to know they are important. Plus, the more practice they get, the more confident they become.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
A quiz is good for evaluating subject needs. But also, I must ask how they study, how long, do they practice other healthy habits outside of studying (mentally, emotionally, and physically- which will contribute to the effectiveness of information comprehension and retention), how stressed they feel when test-taking, and their motivation level to learn. From then, I can monitor these aspects as I go along.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Some will learn more through visual, echoic, semantic, procedural, or any combination. Therefore, I will employ the use of imagery, analogy, encourage note taking, drawing and flashcards, or more explanation of concepts.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Graphs, charts, illustrations, gifs, colored markers, and models.