I earned my Bachelor's of Science in Human Physiology with Departmental Honors at the University of Oregon. During my time at the U of O, I gained a very well rounded education not only in the sciences, but also the humanities. I believe my diverse education has provided me the ability to approach issues from many different angles. While I have tutored a wide range of subjects, I am most passionate about Life Sciences, Biology, Geometry, Anatomy, and Physiology. I have experience tutoring middle school to college aged students.
Growing up, I struggled in many subjects, particularly math and science. With the guidance of many tutors I discovered the style of learning that fit me best through a lot of trial and error. Through that trial and error I understand the frustration of struggling with learning difficult subjects. Through tutoring I have extensive experience teaching with diverse methods. I take pride in my ability to get to know my students and adapt the style of tutoring to supplement their learning strengths. I am a strong believer that learning is multifaceted and not a simple uniform entity. Being an Anatomy and Physiology major, I am mainly a visual and auditory learner. However, everyone has his or her own preference, so I am flexible to adapt to the student's need. I hope to inspire students to appreciate the life sciences by providing enjoyable learning methods and relating the material to something they are passionate about. I believe that learning is a powerful skill and provided with the proper support, it can empower individuals for life. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, biking, pickup basketball, traveling, and walking my dog.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Oregon - Bachelors, Human Physiology
Hiking, Camping, Biking, Pickup Basketball, Traveling, and Walking My Dog.
3rd Grade Science
4th Grade Science
5th Grade Science
6th Grade Science
7th Grade Science
8th Grade Science
Anatomy & Physiology
Elementary School Science
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School English
Middle School Science
Q & A
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by giving them the experience and tools to successfully approach their studies.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would relate the subject to something they are passionate about to transfer that passion for the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask them to explain the material to me to test their knowledge. Then I would change the material and test them again. Finally, I would have them teach me the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would build the student's confidence by having them relate the new material to previous knowledge. For assignments, I would break the material up into smaller sections. I would have them give the material a try and encourage them the entire way. I would also provide visual models and other types of models that are conducive for their learning style.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student I would like to get to know them and identify their expectations for the sessions.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would approach the skill or concept from a fresh and different angle. Then I would try ask them questions about the material so that I know they fully understand it.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First of all, listening is a big component of tutoring. Listening to your student's needs and preferences makes for a strong tutor-student foundation. In addition, getting to know the student really helps identify their strengths and weaknesses.