I am in my senior year studying to get a bachelor's in Physics Education with a Math Education minor through BYU Idaho. I'm currently student teaching in Physics at a high school in Utah, and will finish with student teaching and with my degree in April! For as long as I can remember, I have loved math and science, especially the problem-solving side of it. If I had to pick a favorite subject to teach, it would probably be algebra, because I have had the most experience tutoring this subject, and because I love the logic of it. Logic puzzles and sudoku puzzles are my favorite things to do on a long car ride when I'm not singing along to the radio! Besides singing, I also enjoy being with friends, whether that be inside playing games, or outside swimming and hiking and being adventurous. I've been tutoring on my own for the last 8 years, in both math and science, and have had lots of different learning experiences with it! Every student and tutoring session has been unique, and has helped me learn and grow as a tutor and future teacher. I've tutored mostly middle and high school students, but have also had small experiences tutoring elementary school and college students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: BYU-Idaho - Current Undergrad, Physics Education
Enjoys playing the ukulele, singing, hiking, biking, and spending time with family and friends.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Through my experiences, the best way to teach is to personalize the learning to the individual student. I also think the student should learn it for themselves by doing the problems themselves, with a tutor or teacher guiding them through it. In that way, the student can own the material, and knows it for themselves.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would get to know the student and where the student needs help. I would ask about hobbies and interests, and then ask them what areas they feel they need to work on. If they aren't sure, I would start with an example problem in that subject area and gauge what they need to work on.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would have them work through the problems themselves, while I help them when they get stuck by guiding them to the next step, or going more in depth into a concept if they really don't understand it.