I'm an enthusiastic, lifelong student who enjoys sharing that enthusiasm - and knowledge - with others. My knowledge base comes partially from my undergraduate training in anthropology, but even moreso from my return to school to pursue a career as a physician assistant. I fell in love with biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology, and have been tutoring those subjects ever since. It has been a varied, rewarding experience, ranging in context from private sessions to group workshops to the hectic environment of a busy college learning center. Through it all, I've been able to hone my teaching craft, and also develop an appreciation for working with people to help them achieve their goals. Being able to work with people in the context of subjects I love is, therefore, a dream come true. I plan for teaching to remain an important part of my life for a long time to come.
In the midst of tutoring and pursuing my professional dream of becoming a physician assistant, I enjoy reading, astronomy, swing dancing, fitness, and far too many other hobbies to list. I believe it is crucial to always be ready to learn and to experience. The examined life is filled with wonder.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Everything can be interesting.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first step is to help the student feel confident moving forward. This entails establishing an honest rapport, discussing goals, and developing a long-term study plan to meet those goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
One problem every student has had is the feeling of being overwhelmed. If you don't have a map, or understand the map, it's hard to tell where you're going. I help students develop a map and plan a route. Once that sort of outline has been created, students are often able to take the lead on their own, one step at a time.