Being a first generation college graduate, I understand the struggles that many students face, either in middle school, high school, or college itself. I graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2008. After serving for 5 years as an officer in the Army, I went back to graduate school, where am currently in my final semester of the University of Missouri's JD/MBA program. While in graduate school, I worked as a Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate business law class. This experience helped me better understand just how unique every student's learning process is. As a tutor, my goal is to help students by making their academic struggles more relevant in their everyday lives.
United States Military Academy - Bachelors, Law & Legal Studies
University of Missouri-Columbia - Current Grad Student, JD/MBA Dual Degree Program
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student has the capability to succeed. Success in education simply takes discovering what motivates each student and finding ways to apply what the student is learning to his or her motivator.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would typically have the student explain the assignment, or more specifically, the problem the student is having with the assignment. The way the student explains the problem will help me to gain an understanding of the student's struggles. Often, the hardest part of a problem is simply defining what the problem is to begin with. That is where I like to begin with my tutor sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Learning is a process. Whether you are learning math, science, history, or anything else, the process is the same. Each individual student just has to learn the best process that works for him or her. As a tutor, my goal is to work with students to discover the learning process that works best for them. Once they've identified and mastered this, they can apply it to all areas of their life and become independent learners.