I am originally from Michigan where I attended the University of Michigan and majored in Informatics, a hybrid business and computer science degree. I currently work for a software company in Silicon Valley as a sales engineer/solutions consultant. Throughout my academic career I enjoyed volunteering as a tutor because I love seeing people learn. I hope to continue tutoring as my way of giving back to my community. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Bachelors, Informatics
ACT Reading: 31
Hiking, Traveling, Reading, and Running
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is a combination of positive encouragement, combined with interactive activities, and learning from your mistakes.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In my first session with a student my biggest goal is to discover what they most want to get out of tutoring and creating a plan of how to accomplish it.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
To become an independent learner a student must learn to use their own original thoughts and skills. To do this I will create short assignments and activities which they will have to complete by themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is key to learning. To help a student stay motivated I like to incorporate a gaming philosophy with educational materials. I've found that making a normally boring subject competitive or game-like creates a fun motivated environment.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Difficulty learning can be tough on a student. I think the best approach to this would be to try a different approach and keep trying different learning approaches until that difficulty no longer persists.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
With any skill, practice truly does drive improvement. So for those struggling with reading comprehension, I would first find a subject the student really enjoys and continuously practice reading material until they feel more comfortable to approach other reading subject material.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Successful tutoring strategies I have found include: always having fresh new material/activities, setting achievable goals/objectives, and tracking progression.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
In order to get a student excited and engaged they have to find something that they can relate to with the subject. This will involve getting to know your student better, but if you are able to get them to make a personal connection with the subject that they are struggling in they will be more likely to tackle the challenge.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The best way to know that a student understands the material and isn't just memorizing facts is to have them explain it in their own words and their understanding of it. This is challenging, but effective in truly learning material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence in a subject for students usually stems with rewards such as good grades. This is where I think quizzes or getting questions correct will build a student's confidence. Also being prepared helps!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Evaluation comes from observation. In the initial session you can ask for the parent and/or student to list out their needs. Then as you progress through the material you can make your own assessment from simply observing their work and habits. Another option is to create a small evaluation test at the first session to discover areas of weakness.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Tutoring isn't a one-stop shop; it is unique per student. Once you have discovered your student’s needs, I will then create the best activities and material I think will suit them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Tutoring materials I like to use but am not limited to include: quizzes, flash cards, outlines, workbooks, whiteboards, books, games, etc.