I am excited to help mentor and teach students using the experiences and methods that have helped me to succeed. I am currently completing my Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering, and understand the importance of hard work and asking questions to achieve where you want to get to. I firsthand know the value of asking for help when you don't understand something, having spent a lot of time throughout college in professor's offices or with groups of students struggling through a concept, but felt very accomplished once all the pieces came together and was grateful to those who helped me. My hope is to return that favor to individuals who needed help like I did.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Milwaukee School of Engineering - Bachelors, Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Degree: Marquette University - Current Grad Student, Biomedical Engineering
Sports, cooking, being outdoors, camping, walking, and going to music concerts
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would take some time to get to know the student, finding out their interests and hobbies. I believe it's important to make the student feel comfortable and relaxed in order to perform at their best. I would also spend some time learning where they are struggling, and where they are succeeding, in order to use their strengths to help them understand concepts where they may be deficient.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teach them study habits and techniques to apply to their studies in the future. It is much easier to find help when you have a plan and know who to turn to with questions.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I feel the best way to teach is to be patient and provide a stress-free environment for the student to learn. Using a step-wise approach gives the student the opportunity to understand each phase of a concept, and how the culmination of those phases work together to describe an idea or solve a problem. Every student grasps ideas at different rates, so teaching should be done at a speed that works best for them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keeping a student motivated can be done by putting the context of the subject into something the student is passionate about or interested in. Whether it's sports, dancing, movies, or video games, this requires a tutor to get to know the student on more of a personal level to tailor the subject to their interests. Also, by using an appropriate teaching speed, I would allow the student to experience small successes as a way of building their confidence and drive their desire to move forward. This would prevent frustration from building up, which can cause students to want to give up many times.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would take the time to understand exactly where the disconnect occurs and attempt to reinforce that area through extensive practice or demonstrating several examples where the skill or concept is applied.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
This is an area where patience becomes even more critical. It is easy for someone struggling to read to become frustrated, so the key is to go slow, give the student every chance to sound the words out for themselves, and provide as many books as possible to continue practicing.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I think it's important to learn a little about the student first and discover the specific areas where they are struggling. I would ask questions about what kind of classes they are taking, which ones they like/don't like, subjects they understand well, subjects they struggle in, and interests/hobbies they have. Getting to know the student creates a comfortable environment that I believe is more conducive to learning.