Hi, my name is Stephanie. I completed dental school in 2012, and I am currently doing additional specialty training at the University of Tennesee Health Science Center. I have a strong background in teaching and private tutoring, having tutored throughout high school and dental school and also having been a teaching aid and instructor in college and dental school.
I am enthusiastic to bring my positive, caring attitude, strong communication and management skills, and detail-oriented skills to help my students achieve success. I look forward to working with you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of the Pacific - Bachelors, Applied Science
Graduate Degree: University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry - Current Grad Student, Dentistry
SAT Composite: 2080
DAT Reading Comprehension: 26
DAT Perceptual Ability: 24
DAT Quantitative Reasoning: 19
art, painting, reading, watching TV and movies, travelling
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in patience and systematically approaching the questions from a conceptual stance, which also helps in learning the information in addition to answering the questions correctly.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I feel that having a casual conversation in the beginning is important so that I not only can get to know my students better and build a more personal learning environment, but also so that I can get a feel for my student's learning style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think it is important to first teach the basic principles and concepts, and then help the student understand how to use those principles to systematically dissect the questions on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think regular feedback and touching base throughout the learning experience is important so that the student also feels in control of their own learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would go over the concept together with the student, breaking it down into smaller concepts, go over each one, and then help the student understand how to put it together. I think also giving examples or analogies are also very helpful in understanding more advanced concepts
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would break the passage down into separate sections, go through the sections and then go through the overall passage putting the sections together.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I first like go over what their strengths and weaknesses are, and then try to tailor the learning process to each individual student. I also like to have them try a practice exam so that I can see how they approach the questions and to get an idea of their existing understanding.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I think fun examples and analogies make it easier to understand and remember the concepts.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I think regular tests throughout the learning process are very helpful in assessing what the student has learned so far and what they still need help with.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Constructive feedback, including positive feedback, are very helpful in helping build confidence in a subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I like to start with a casual conversation to get to know them better and get an idea about their personality, then I like to go over how they feel about their own strengths and weaknesses about the subjects, and I think a pretest is helpful to assess the student's style of approaching questions.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I like to evaluate what their strengths and weaknesses are, what their style of learning is, and then try to tailor my teaching to their style of learning.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I especially like to use visual examples as well as going over situational examples and analogies to relate the subject to a simpler concept.