Economics is just about figuring out people, and what's a more interesting topic than people? You've been an Economist ever since you were a kid and figured out that when you start crying, your parents give you a cookie to shut up. All those weird vocab terms are ideas you figured in elementary school and actually understand so well, you just never realized they had names.
I've always been fascinated by looking for explanations of the world around me and when I was introduced to the Economic way of thinking in College at FSU (Go 'Noles), I knew I had found the perspective that worked best for me. I received both my Bachelor and Master degrees in International Affairs (which covers most of the social sciences like History, Geography, Anthroplogy, etc.) with a focus on Economics from there.
I've taught both on-campus and online to everyone from charter high school students who had been kicked out of every public school and were on their last chance to (literally) rocket scientists who were going for their business degrees so they could go into management.
When I'm not studying or tutoring in Economics, I spend a lot of my other time attending and helping produce live theatre.
I'm going to be talking to someone about Econ, anyways. Let's schedule a time and it could be you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University - Bachelors, International Affairs-Economics
Graduate Degree: Florida State University - Masters, International Affairs-Economics
Theatre, Animals, Outdoors
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe many students know more than they think they do. I listen carefully to the questions students ask and fill in the blanks.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'll invite the student to share their current understanding and any fears and goals they have for the course. I would also layout a timeline for tests and assignment due dates to ensure I am helping the student prepare efficiently.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Many questions lead to their own answers, if they're asked correctly. By helping the student develop skills to focus on the questions they want answers to, I will also be helping them learn to find their own answers.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
In the case of a skill, I would break it into smaller steps. In the case of a concept, I would ensure understanding of the concepts 'around' it and then help the student go from the known to the unknown.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
There are quality video and audio resources out there explaining many of the concepts I will be tutoring. There are also good text-to-speech programs available.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Starting discussion from the student's areas of interest, knowledge, and comfort is a good way to lead into the topics to be covered.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I break concepts into smaller parts and build many small successes into mastery.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The best way to learn is to teach, so having the student explain as if addressing another student (ideally, actually having them help another student) is an excellent means of assessing understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Consistent feedback focusing on current strengths and guiding toward further successes is key.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Awareness of course requirements is critical. I can ensure a student masters the material, but they also need to pass the class.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Individual tutoring is the purest form of teaching in that it allows both parties to most fully connect and create a unique dynamic which melds their personal styles.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
This will vary by student needs. The course syllabus, assignments, and study guides are good starting points, but my mind and that of the student are the most powerful and flexible tools available to us.