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Devan

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I graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelors degree in Oceanography. Since then, I have been teaching science at the high school level with subjects ranging from Earth and Space Science to Physics to Forensic Sciences. I am able to tutor sciences of all levels. I also pride myself on being helpful with reading help as this is an essential skill for understanding difficult subjects like high school science. My favorite subject to tutor is physics because once a student understands how do complete a difficult topic, they become addicted to success. I liken this feeling to catching your first wave when you are learning to surf. That feeling will light up a student's face when they solve a problem on their own. This plays into my teaching philosophy as I believe everyone can learn these daunting subjects, they just just need to be made aware of it. I break problems down to simple forms and give the students the necessary tools to solve any problem.

Outside of the class, I enjoy playing guitar reading, playing with my 1 year old son, and playing Playstation.

Devan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The University of West Florida - Bachelors, Oceanography

Hobbies

Playing video games, guitar, reading, traveling

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

11th Grade Reading

12th Grade Reading

2nd Grade

3rd Grade Science

4th Grade Science

5th Grade Science

6th Grade Science

7th Grade Science

8th Grade Science

Adult Literacy

College Physics

Earth Science

Elementary School

Elementary School Science

High School Chemistry

High School Physics

Homework Support

Marine Biology

Middle School Math

Middle School Science

Physical Science

Physics

Reading

Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

If a student is not understanding one method of problem solving, try another. If they are still having issues, try another method until every aspect is fully understood.

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

In a typical first session, I would get to know the student, their learning styles, what they are having trouble with, and reasons why they may be struggling.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The easiest way to influence a student to become an independent learner is to get them excited about the subject. Difficult subjects are the most rewarding; sometimes that is lost.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

It is important for students to experience success with positive reinforcement.

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

I would keep trying to show them different ways to think about a problem or concept. Keeping content relevant to a student's interest is also helpful.

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

There are several reading strategies, including that I use and teach reading, comprehension, and vocabulary building.

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

When I begin working with a student, I have found it to be advantageous to get to know the student, their interests, and learning strategies.

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

I would give them ideas of how they can use these skills in different aspects of their life, and explain how many opportunities become available to those that master difficult subjects.

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

I would not limit teaching material to one technique. Each student is different, so they will learn differently. My instruction will reflect that.

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

Confidence goes up when success is felt. By breaking big topics down, I will give the students the opportunity to understand the basics first, before moving on.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Other than the standard baseline assessment, I evaluate by engaging in conversations with them about the subject. Gaps in the student's mastery become evident quickly this way.

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

I adapt by monitoring their progress and checking in with them. If the student is following along with the material I am teaching, but still failing tests, I know adjustments will need to make to help with their complete understanding.

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

This depends on the subject. For example, with physics, I have an unlimited supply of problems and concepts to work through. If our sessions are in person, I can bring some materials for demonstrations or assist with lab homework. However, if we are working virtual sessions, I can offer demonstrations or virtual labs/ videos for extra help.