At Norfolk State University, I began tutoring entry level science courses as a Dozoretz National Institute of Mathematics and Applied Sciences scholar and enjoyed participating in the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students and the Caribbean Student Association. I also tutored undergraduate level courses to ranging from English to Calculus in our Student Support Services. Off campus, I worked with middle school and high school adolescents in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program.
I enjoy helping students cultivate the desire to learn and understand the material. My primary goal is to assist in the the question development process and build students' confidence in themselves. My method of coaching students' to ask the "right" questions, he or she is not overwhelmed by the material or feel inadequate due to their disconnect between topcs in a particular subject matter.
Undergraduate Degree: Norfolk State University - Bachelors, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Eastern Virginia Medical School - Current Grad Student, Doctor of Medicine
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Ask a series of questions about their knowledge base and professor's expectations in order to hone in on what their expectations are for themselves, and for our current and future sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Help the student think in a way that they are asking the correct questions when he or she feels "stuck."
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Encouragement at the current level of achievement and breaking down goals into session-manageable steps.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Take a step back and transition to a subject that the student excels in to boost confidence. Then return to the difficult concept, with a renewed confident mindset, later on.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I want to help you develop a questioning mindset. Ask yourself, "What do I need to know?" There is no "wrong" question, but there is always a better way to search for the answer you need.