I am a driven, dedicated, involved, and hard-working graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. I pursued a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Business Administration with a concentration in Management and a minor in Aviation Safety. Currently I am working with JetBlue as an intern in Orlando and pursued this opportunity in order to apply some of my skills and share my knowledge with others. I am passionate about helping students and peers with assignments, studying, and successfully completing any challenges in front of them. I was born and raised outside of Munich, Germany and moved to the United States in 2002. My interests include traveling, aviation, art, animals, snowboarding, and I enjoy meeting new people and getting to know about different cultures. I consider myself to be a personable person and look forward to helping you in any way that I can!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott - Bachelors, Aviation business administration
traveling, tennis, aviation, art, animals, snowboarding, meeting new people
High School Accounting
High School Business
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that it is very important for students to come to conclusions on their own. Tutors are not there to give answers, but rather to help students along the way to formulate their own answers. I am a big believer of encouraging students to think critically, and I try to ask questions rather than just give answers.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a student I would want to get to know the student and his or her strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the subject. I like to know generally how the student is learning in school in order to figure out how we can best work together in order to be successful. I would like the student to understand that my tutoring philosophy revolves around the student coming to conclusions on his or her own, rather than me giving answers. Finally, it is important that the student feels comfortable around me and knows that there is no judgment coming from me -- I have been in the same shoes and have had many tutoring lessons throughout my schooling.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Everyone has their own learning style that works best for them. Once it is discovered, I believe it is much easier to become successful at independent learning. I would work with the student to develop a personal learning style and eventually step back and encourage independent learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Recognition and praise are big known motivators for all people, whether in a classroom, personal, or professional setting. Making students feel confident and excited to learn can make a big difference when it comes to staying motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would try to find a different approach to teaching it. Every student thinks and processes in a different manner, and therefore sometimes it is necessary to think outside of the box together in order to be successful.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would work with the student to break apart the reading into sections and speak individually about different areas. Summarizing and asking questions are two effective methods to encourage critical thinking and analyzing in order to improve reading comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that being personable, open, and communicative are some of the first things that will encourage confidence and comfort in the tutoring session. Assessing a student's strengths and weaknesses early on helps to work towards success by building on those strengths and weaknesses. Asking a lot of questions and causing students to think critically are a great way to engage the student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Motivation is an important part of tutoring, and a great way to motivate is to be encouraging and acknowledge successes -- even if they are small! It can be really frustrating to not grasp a concept, but the more you work through it, the more the excitement builds up and then when it's finally understood it becomes a victory!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Encouraging the student to successfully come to conclusions on his or her own is a fairly good way of testing whether or not the student fully understands the material. Asking the student to talk through decision-making and critical thinking processes also helps in that aspect.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Encouragement and praise would definitely help raise confidence in a subject. Once the student starts to better understand the material after talking through it and working through problem areas, his or her confidence should build as well.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Gaining a general idea of how a student learns and what areas he or she may struggle with is an important tool for success. Encouraging open communication and honesty, especially when it comes to strengths and weaknesses, will help me to evaluate specific needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student is unique. They learn, think, comprehend, and process differently. It is important to evaluate specific needs of individual students and gain a clear picture of how I can be the best tutor for this student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I want to make the most use of materials that the student brings from class, and with that I like to have a very interactive tutoring session. Personally, I am a visual learner, and therefore like to make use of whiteboards or similar learning tools in order to work through everything together that way. I am open to discussing the needs of individual students in order to give the best tutoring session I possibly can.