As a young middle school student, I required a tutor to improve my reading and writing skills; I was a Polish immigrant, and was struggling with English. My tutor taught me to enjoy learning, and eventually I became an English major while simultaneously pursuing a pre-med track. I can empathize with younger students who are struggling and need someone, as I once did, to make them as enthusiastic about learning as I am now.
In my capacity as a private middle school and high school tutor for both math and biology, I have had the opportunity to help other students for a year now. I've used my love of learning to help me work with students who have struggled with their courses. Tutoring students who did not enjoy algebra taught me to appeal to a student's interests in order to find ways to make the material more accessible and relevant.
I used to struggle in math. I found the concepts hard to grasp and sometimes beyond my reach. But with hard work and some guidance, I eventually excelled. I can understand why certain concepts are difficult to learn for some students. I've therefore found it very rewarding to put mathematical concepts and principles into words that the student will be able to understand. My ultimate goal when teaching math is to make sure the student understands what I am teaching well enough to be able to solve any problem on his or her own.
I am an English major on the pre-med track, which has given me experience in English, math, and science. I have completed all of my pre-med and English requirements with high scores. I have interned for The Florida Review, and have published some of my own work in Independent Ink. I'm also very comfortable working with kids, and helping them better understand concepts that they struggle with.
I look forward to helping young students and allowing them to discover their full potential.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Current Undergrad, English
MCAT Biological Sciences: 11
MCAT Verbal Reasoning: 11
Guitar, writing, running, reading
What is your teaching philosophy?
My goal is to help students realize their own potential and to give them the necessary tools to succeed in any subject area.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would introduce myself and learn a few things about the student. I would let them know that I am here to help and that they should feel free to ask question. I would then ask them what they are most struggling to understand.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
First, I will make sure that they have the confidence to know that they can learn anything. Second, I will teach them the skills and concepts that they are struggling with. Then I will make sure that they understand them well enough to reason out any question that they may come across. I will also equip them with strong study and motivational skills.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will remind them of the progress they have made. I will also make the lessons fun and engaging so that the student takes an interest in the subject matter and is more likely to devote more of their attention to it.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to find a way to break the concept or skill down to make it as simple as possible. If this doesn't work, I would look for new ways of explaining it, like by using an appropriate analogy.