I attended Duquesne University and earned my Master's of Science in Forensic Science and Law. I have my Bachelor's of Science in Biology, with minors in Biochemistry, Mathematics and Spanish. After finishing my studies, I worked in the forensic science field for three years in Pittsburgh, PA. In the past year, I have taken a position in the northern Virginia area in the Forensic DNA field. Because of studying and working for several years in the science field, I love to tutor math and science.
Throughout my schooling, I worked closely with students in after-school programs and in group tutoring sessions. I enjoy working with students and watching them excel in the areas they may find difficult. I am committed to determining the student's strengths and utilizing those strengths so they can conquer the subject areas they are finding tough.
Undergraduate Degree: Duquesne University - Bachelors, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Duquesne University - Masters, Forensic Science and Law
Being Outside, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Spending time with friends and my dog, Dirt biking, Sports, Reading
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session with a student will ultimately be a learning experience for both of us. Working together, I like to determine the ways in which they learn the best and the study skills that are effective in their learning. I would like to find the student's strengths and use them to help overcome the areas they are struggling with. I want to work together with them to find the studying techniques they enjoy, and how to apply those to the areas where they are less comfortable.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
For the student to become an independent learner, they need to find the confidence to take on challenging topics. I would want to help the student find the learning techniques that work best for them. Once the student can identify these, they can learn to apply them to unknown areas and feel comfortable in more challenging subject areas.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Helping a student keep their confidence up in challenging subject areas is an important part of motivation. It is important to help the student see that a lot of the skills they need to complete a problem or move forward in a subject area could be those that they have learned and understand. For example, complicated math problems can have multiple steps in order to reach a final answer. It would be important in challenging problems like these to point out how to break the problem up into the areas that the student understands and is comfortable completing. Through completing the different steps of the problem utilizing their learned topics, the student sees they are capable in tackling challenging problems. It would also be important to involve the topics that the student is succeeding in to build confidence in those that are more difficult. In the case of math, mixing in problems that they are confident in completing with the challenging ones prevents their frustration from building.