I am a first generation college graduate who has made my way through my STEM degree non-traditionally. After a career in banking for 6 years, I completed my bachelors and have started new in the Biotech industry. Part of my re-focus on science is to help students strengthen their understanding and relationship with STEM. I feel that communication with students is a necessity for their academic success. Listening to what they need and adapting accordingly is key to helping them build confidence in a subject.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: UCSC - Bachelors, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
My four pet rats and a newfound interest in dirt biking.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching requires patience and listening to what the student is really asking. Actively learning is a two way dialogue between student and teacher.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student's personality, and what they feel their strengths and weaknesses are, so they can learn effectively.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help them understand what study skills/methods work best for them so that they can carry that forward through their entire learning career.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By setting achievable milestones they can work towards and complete. By helping them identify their strengths and any progress they are making in their weaknesses.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Help deconstruct the skill/concept so that, together, we can identify the difficulty and set a plan to overcome it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Help the student practice on passages that interest them by deconstructing them and helping them identify the parts and concepts.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Treating the student as an equal and active partner in their learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By working with the student to identify the aspects that are difficult for them, and then identifying the aspects that are most interesting to them, in order to get them thinking more actively about the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To check for understanding, I would have a discussion about key concepts to check for understanding, and give wrap-up questions as a way to spot check ability.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By pointing out their strengths and keeping the progress they've made a highlight of the tutoring. Also, by encouraging them to engage the material outside of the school work they have.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By observation of their past and current work, and a conversation with both parents and students on what their perceived weaknesses are.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Through conversation with parents and student, identify what has or has not worked up until this point, and then customize accordingly. Visual learners may do better with diagrams or flashcards, while doers may prefer repetition to learn concepts.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It's highly dependent on the subject and level of coursework; varies from pencil and paper to computer and PowerPoint, as well as textbooks.