I worked as a tutor for the University of Utah throughout my undergraduate career as well as a TA as both a graduate and undergraduate. Additionally, I worked as a snowboard instructor in Park City Utah while an undergraduate. These experiences gave me a background in teaching both technical and non-technical topics through conventional i.e. classroom , 1 on 1, or group tutoring as well as unconventional i.e. the top of a mountain, environments. This helped me develop the ability to ascertain a students learning style and adapt my teaching style accordingly to enable the student to obtain the greatest learning outcome. Whether this was mastering concepts of calculus or physics or learning to make a turn on a snowboard it always brought me great satisfaction to watch a student master a concept. I feel I can bring this experience as well as an advanced knowledge of technical subject matter to make me an effective tutor of students of all levels and abilities.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Utah - Bachelors, Chemical Engineering
Graduate Degree: Northeastern University - PHD, Chemical Engineering
Science experiments, cooking, and listening to music.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to find a student's individual learning style and try to teach to that style to maximize learning outcome.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Try to get to know them and determine how much they understand about the material so I know how best to teach.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help them use the materials provided by their instructor to learn and answer their own questions.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe when students begin to understand the subject matter, it helps them get excited about the material and stay motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Step back and try to help them understand the key concepts that are related to the questions or concepts that they are having trouble with.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I think it's important to ask open-ended questions to make sure a student understands. Asking "Do you understand?" is not as powerful as asking "How would you start to solve this problem?"