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April

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I'm currently a senior Biology major at Siena College working on getting my Bachelor's degree. After Siena, I plan on going to graduate school to earn my PhD in Biology. My goal is to be a college Biology professor. It's probably no surprise, then, that Biology is one of my favorite subjects to tutor. I have also always loved English and languages, so I tutor these subjects as well. Other subjects I tutor are Math and Test Prep. Outside of work and school, I enjoy art, music, writing, and being outdoors as much as possible.

My previous experience with teaching includes teaching faith formation classes of different ages, tutoring high school students (primarily in Math, but also other subjects such as English), and being a tutor for a scientific writing class, in which I led workshops and gave students feedback on their papers.

When working with students, I think that patience, dedication, and understanding are essential. I know how stressful and frustrating it can be as a student to struggle with a concept, and having someone who was willing to take the time and really explain it to me until I understood it was invaluable. As a tutor, I'll help my students set reasonable goals and I'll prepare for each session by reviewing the material myself, and I'll take the time to answer whatever questions they have.

I love learning, and I want others to love it too. I'm invested in my students' progress and success. It's so rewarding to help someone learn, and it feels great to see that spark when it finally clicks for them.

April’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Siena College - Bachelors, Biology, General

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 32

ACT Math: 33

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 36

SAT Math: 700

SAT Verbal: 710

SAT Writing: 740

GRE Verbal: 164

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 720

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 760

Hobbies

I enjoy writing, art, music, learning languages, and being outdoors.


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I think it's important for students to figure out and address what they don't understand, not just how to solve a problem. I think the student should be in charge of their learning. I also aim to cater to different types of learners, and I try to explain things in different ways.

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

I would talk about what subjects are difficult for them and help them set goals for our sessions. I would also try to determine how they learn best by giving them different types of problems.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I let them steer our sessions and how we approach a subject. I ask them what they want to achieve and work toward that. I also give them other resources for help and give them practice materials for in between sessions. Most importantly, I try to keep students from becoming discouraged and help them enjoy and appreciate learning.