I am an energetic, patient and experienced teacher that loves Math and Science! In my teaching, I like to incorporate mnemonic devices, rhymes, songs, phrases and visual breakdowns to not only make learning more fun, but develop a deeper connection and understanding. Having completed the Pre-Med prerequisites at the University of Florida and graduating with a B.S. in Biology was just the beginning of my journey in Science. Since college, I have worked in a lab as a biological scientist for the UF Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology for two years, have been a science teacher for the past three years, and a math teacher for one year. Any questions, just ask!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Florida - Bachelors, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Walden University - Masters, Education
Hiking, going to the beach, drones, traveling, animals, science, nature, rollerblading.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Education should be about igniting a fire for acquiring knowledge and exploring the world around us, not just repeating back what a teacher has said.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out the student's interests, and try to get to know them. That way, I can adapt the material in a way that engages them as much as possible and create examples that relate to their life.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By building their confidence and sharing tips and tools they can use to ensure that they are learning correctly while independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Sharing my personal struggles and how I overcome my moments of self-doubt and lack of motivation may help students feel like they are not alone. Also, trying to relate the material to student interests can help kick motivation into a higher gear.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If it is not making sense the way it is being taught, then I will find another way to teach it. I will continue to try different methods until one sticks. Every student can understand a concept, it just takes patience in finding the best methods for doing so.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
One large problem I see with reading comprehension,] is that students are not interested in the material they are asked to read. Offering options that are more intriguing for the student is step one, and then we will continue to build on the skills that are necessary to increase comprehension from there.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I believe it is of utmost importance to get to know the student on a personal and academic level. Ensuring that a student feels comfortable and knows that I believe in them is key. Next, we would explore where their strengths and weaknesses lie, so that we can modify learning strategies to fit their needs.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relating material to a student's life seems to help bring abstract concepts to a more approachable level. Learning subjects by connecting it with sports, or their favorite video game, etc., is more exciting. Also, I like to use a lot of visuals and hands-on examples. This, to me, is more engaging than staring at words on a paper.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Some techniques that I employ to ensure that students truly understand the material and are not just memorizing a process are: having students summarize and repeat a concept, practice problems, having students make analogies to real-life situations, and by verbal assessment.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Every human has strengths, and every human has weaknesses. Realistically, we are not always going to be strong in every aspect of our education. What is most important, is finding student strengths and focusing on them - building upon what they already excel in, while filling in the holes in the areas that need it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I use multiple forms of assessment when evaluating a student's needs. A lot can be interpreted just by looking at a student's work; are they rushing, or missing fundamental concepts, for example. Having a conversation about an assignment is another method in which I can get an idea on whether they are having trouble formulating their thoughts into written responses, or if the struggle is in comprehension, etc. I also employ other types of informal assessments in attempt at finding the exact deficits in student understanding.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student learns differently and I am constantly adapting my teaching style to fit what my student needs. One way is to rely more on visual or auditory cues, depending on whether the student is a more visual or auditory learner.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Graphics, whiteboard, short video clips, 3D models, real-life props that apply to the material.