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I love teaching and it makes me so happy to see a student have that 'light bulb' moment, when there is suddenly clarity and they now understand what they did not comprehend before. I believe in concept-based teaching and offer helpful mnemonics for remembering tricky items. My goal is to make learning fun and help you succeed! I have an in depth background in science, having taught as a professor for over twelve years, including the areas of cell biology, biology, and anatomy and physiology. It is very important to view learning from the student's perspective, and so I seek to understand how students best learn on an individual basis. Once I get to know a student and understand how they best learn, I can then take an approach to teach them so that they will succeed in a subject area.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Bachelors, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Iowa State University - PHD, Neuroscience
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Concept-driven at the best level, and the proper teaching mode for the type of learner.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out what type of learner they are by asking them to take a VARK test.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Speak to them about the best time, place, and method to study. Give them fun tasks to work on.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Find ways to make learning and studying fun.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try a different angle; if they are a visual learner ask them to draw a picture of the concept so I can see their thinking.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Use the what, where, why, when and how questions to focus their reading. Ask them to read paragraph aiming to address these 5 Ws.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Build a good rapport and set expectations.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Ask them to name one thing related to the subject that excites them and use that as a starting point.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask them to write or draw a concept for me and also ask them questions to make sure they understand.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Start small and simple at their level and give them study tasks that they can achieve. This will give them a sense of accomplishment and keep them engaged to move forward with confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By understanding why they came to tutoring in the 1st place and how they best learn.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I ask them questions to find out what they already know and assess what type of learner they are (visual, read/write, oral/auditory, etc.).
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Images, diagrams, live drawing, practice questions, etc.