I graduated 2013 from East Jackson Comprehensive High School with honors, and I’m currently attending the University of North Georgia pursuing a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Pre-med. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I plan to attend the University of Augusta to earn a dentistry degree.
I started tutoring at my church helping students who needed help with honors and AP level chemistry. I now occasionally lead study groups of my current classmates for college level chemistry and physics courses, and I provide individual tutoring as well. My favorite subject would have to be chemistry, although I enjoy all science courses. Since chemistry is my favorite subject to learn about it is also my favorite subject to teach. I’ve always had a passion and great interest for learning chemistry and it’s always a pleasure for me to be able to share that with others. The reason it’s my favorite subject is just because I love learning what makes things “tick” or learning why things work and behave the way they do. I also enjoy physics for the same reason, making it a close second to chemistry. When I tutor I try to adapt my teaching technique to fit the way that works best for the student, however my overall style is to create a friendly and engaging atmosphere for the student so that they aren’t afraid to ask questions, and hopefully create a genuine interest for the student in the material.
I usually spend most of my free time either playing video games or binge watching Netflix. Admittedly I usually way too into TV shows when I watch them so depending on if I’m in the middle of a series or not is usually what determines where most of my time goes. Some of my favorite shows include The Office, Dexter, Parks and Rec, Cosmos, The Flash, and Arrow. I do play a decent amount of video games as well, mostly on Xbox One. However I also love getting overly competitive playing some good old-fashioned Wii Sports.
I really enjoy music. I was in band as a percussionist from middle school through most of high school, where I played in the pit during marching band season. I still enjoy playing music almost every week in my church band as well where I play the drums. The rest of my free time (which to be honest isn’t a whole lot) I usually find myself at a gym. Staying in shape and working out is important to me even if it isn’t my favorite thing to do.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe any good teaching style should be built around a friendly and engaging environment. Every student will respond differently to different styles of teaching, (i.e., hands-on, repetition, vocal instruction, etc.) so I'll employ different teaching styles that cater best to the student's individual needs.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session, I'll first want to get to know a little about the student, for example their career aspirations, their goals for the course I'm tutoring them in, and maybe a few hobbies. Then I'll have the student work a few practice problems so I can gauge what they already know and identify some areas they are weak in. Then, I can help them build up those areas and hopefully be able to tie in reasons they might need the material to make it seem more applicable.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By working with a student to help build up the foundations of the material, I can show them how to work and solve problems on their own.