Some people can naturally figure things out without a lot of explanation. In most things, I'm not that guy! Like many students, understanding comes with repetition of principles and hard work. I have the perspective of a student trying to understand, not a teacher trying to preach. I love working with people from the ground up; we start at the comfort zone and work our way to improvement. I know I don't know everything, so I'm excited to learn as well!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University - Current Undergrad, Biophysics
ACT Composite: 36
ACT English: 36
ACT Math: 36
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 34
Reading, spending time with friends, running
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Start where you are and work up from there. Setting unrealistic expectations from the get-go usually decreases confidence rather than building it.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Start at what they know, talk about what they'd like to know, and then plan for how we're going to get there.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I teach and demonstrate, and then allow the student to practice. We evaluate the practice, then try again. I'll teach again if necessary.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try to relate it in a way they can understand.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Get to know their style; everyone thinks a little differently.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate it to a topic they enjoy. Once the connection is made, we can start to make progress.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Mini-quizzes, discussing the concepts, and reviewing tests.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Point out their accomplishments!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Start from ground zero, and then work up.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Don't force your own learning style on others; be flexible enough to do what's best for the student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Markers, notebooks, and example problems. I steer away from big textbooks.