I'm a Computer Science major at Seattle University. I moved to the west coast from Minnesota for school, and love it here! I tutor all ACT subjects as well as Computer Science. I enjoy working with students, not only because I enjoy teaching but because I feel the best way to really master a subject is by helping others understand it. I look forward to working with some great students! Outside of teaching and class, I enjoy watching and playing hockey, as well as working on programming projects.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Seattle University - Current Undergrad, Computer Science
ACT Composite: 33
ACT English: 34
ACT Math: 32
ACT Reading: 35
ACT Science: 32
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Comprehension of a topic is far more important than just being able to duplicate some practice problems for a test, and isn't something you can force- it needs to be carefully cultivated.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them! It'll be a lot easier for both of us if we feel comfortable around each other, and it'll benefit the student and myself in the long run.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By leading them towards answers and reinforcing effective learning habits instead of just going through the motions and giving answers.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Talk to them about their dreams and goals, and remind them that studying hard and learning is the best way to achieve those goals.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try multiple approaches, because some students understand concepts in different ways.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is something that comes with repetition and practice, so I'd help them develop a strategy and urge them to practice a lot.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find working through every step of a problem is important. Skipping steps creates inconsistency and gaps in comprehension.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Find out what they're interested in and show them how the subject relates to their interests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I'd have them perform a few problems without my help, explaining to me why they're taking the steps they are. The best way to show you understand something is to teach it to someone else!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Help them through problems, then allow them to perform some on their own. If they can do some problems without help, that means they have a good grasp of the subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I find communication with the student is key. There's only so much you can learn about a student by observation or by talking to them alone, so a combination of both works best.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
As we work with each other, a relationship will begin to form, and I'll begin to understand what kind of techniques a student responds best to and what works to keep them motivated.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically would use the student's textbooks for definitions and such, because that's likely what their course material would be based on. If required, the internet often has alternate ways of teaching a subject that can be useful.