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Melissa

I have always loved teaching science, specifically physiology and biology. I believe that many students are afraid to reach out for help because many instructors or tutors can seem kind of harsh or are not as sensitive to the students needs. I know what it was like, because I was always afraid to reach out for help. now I would like to help students achieve their goals whether they are afraid or not. education is a beautiful thing that opens doors to so many places that many do not know exist.

Throughout my educational journey I have gained so much knowledge and have learned so many amazing things. I took my first step by enrolling myself into college and I obtained my Associates degree in biology from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California. I went on to gain a bachelors degree in biology form National University in San Diego, California. I am currently working on a Masters of Public Health from National University. During my academic studies, I worked in a research laboratory for about three years and then I moved on to another laboratory conducting sample testing for bioterrorism agents.
Before working in a scientific background, I worked as a tutor for CalSOAP and Center Stage Theatrical Academy, Both are school programs that were aimed towards low income and disadvantaged children. Our mission was to improve their learning abilities and have them succeed academically. I have also worked as a private tutor back home in California. I have worked as a private tutor for about five years now.

So feel free to have me as your tutor as I would be more than happy to help you on your journey to success.

Undergraduate Degree:

National University - Bachelors, Biology, General

Graduate Degree:

National University - Current Grad Student, Public Health

Spending time with family, being outdoors, and reading medical journals.

Anatomy & Physiology

College Biology

High School Biology

Life Sciences

What is your teaching philosophy?

Learning is an ability that every person possess. It is up to the individual to take it to whatever limits they choose to reach.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would get know the student, such as their learning style. Once building that foundation, I will deliver the material in the style the student understands and feels most comfortable with.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe one of the best ways to have a student become an independent learner is by giving the students questions, and also by having the student do some research or develop questions that will allow them to create a curiosity for the subject.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motivated by allowing the student to be involved in the learning process as much as they can be, and by creating a session that will keep the students intrigued and feeling challenged.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would try different approaches and find one that can fit the student's learning style. Breaking down the subject to the basics or to the foundation so the student can have a better grasp on the subject.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I would encourage the student to have a dictionary in hand, and we would go over words or literature they did not comprehend. Breaking it down to the roots can allow a student to understand what they are reading better and to build a connection with what they are reading.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Making sure the student knows they can achieve their goal for their course, and also letting them know the can rely on you for any help on the subject is a strategy that encourages students to do well.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Providing materials that can help grab their attention, such as educational videos and other activities that can make a subject fun.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Asking questions about what was just taught and having the student tell me in their own words what they understood and what they did not understand.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

By providing encouragement and also giving positive and kind words. Letting a student know they can achieve anything is a good way to have them boost their confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

One way would be to ask what they feel they have most trouble with. Second I would observe the student to see what else they struggle with, and encourage new ways to approach the material.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I adapt it to what they need. If a student needs extra time, I will do my best to provide more time or even more sessions. If a student feels they are not being challenged or tutored well, I will seek out ways to improve and take into consideration what the student would like or need.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I like to use books, diagrams that explain processes, videos and lecture notes that I have developed for a student.