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Michelle

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I have a multitude of experience tutoring, mentoring, and coaching students of various ages. I also have a background full of unique experiences that equip me to be flexible, compassionate, and effective in my tutoring style.

My background is in Chemical Engineering. I graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University with my Bachelors of Science in 2009. I was an independent tutor for math for other undergrads; mainly Calculus. I also was appointed as a teaching assistant for Chemical Engineering classes: Kinetics and Introduction to Chemical Engineering. I graded both homework assignments and tests and offered office hours two hours each week. Towards the end of my academic career, I coached high school women's soccer and continued to hone my skills and experience with teaching and mentoring youth.

After I graduated, I taught math and other subjects as needed as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. Once I returned, I began my career as an IT consultant for Accenture and remained there for 3.5 years. I now am returning to school to get my degree in Graphic Design. The experiences and path I've lead through my career choices - opening my eyes to the world as Peace Corps Volunteer, working in a technical field, returning to school to be a student again - makes me a strong tutor and excited to share my knowledge with students!

Michelle’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Ohio State University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Chemical Engineering

Hobbies

football, soccer, reading, art, drawing, traveling

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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I think one-on-one teaching and learning is unique to each student. I believe in first creating an environment that the student feels completely comfortable in; comfortable expressing their ideas, thoughts, feelings and more without fear of judgement or being wrong. Failure is an option, and should be explored for the student to become better and grow in their studies. Foremost, I believe practice makes perfect. Practicing helps students find where their own challenges lie. Once these challenges are addressed, the student can learn how to overcome, and the thought process and understanding of the topic follows almost immediately.

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

In an initial session, I like to establish goals. What are the student's educational goals - to improve, to pass, to improve a test score, etc.? That way I can streamline the tutoring sessions. I also like to get to know the student. What are their interests, hobbies, likes dislikes, etc.? Creating a rapport with the student facilitates tutoring sessions and creates a safe, open space for ideas and learning to flourish.