I want to help students better grasp and understand subjects and continue to move further in their studies because I do not want a class or two that do not comply with their academic strengths to possibly obstruct their path on the way to fulfilling their dreams. I have worked with students on a personal level as an on-call tutor, in a group setting as part of group of tutors assisting students, and on a professional level serving as their laboratory instructor. The highlight of each of these experiences was seeing the lightbulb switch on in their eyes as they began to grasp the concepts or problems that they wee struggling with. I currently serve as a general biology and general chemistry tutor.
I earned by Biology degree while on the pre-veterinarian medicine track at Bridgewater College; I am currently seeking to go to graduate school for Biotechnology, Immunology, or Virology. My favorite subject to tutor currently is chemistry because many students see it as a daunting subject and I take great pride in helping students overcome that mindset and realize that it is a course they can succeed in. Outside of tutoring, I am an avid volleyball player and a track athlete. When I can I play videogames in my spare time or take a day on the city that I am in and see what activities that are available such as: laser tag, movies, arcades, paintball, or lounging at the beach or pool. My philosophy when it comes to teaching is that to understand the bigger picture you have to be able to understand what makes up each section, you have comprehend the little pieces to understand how they all come together. By that sentiment I try to see what the student understands and lead them to being able to fit all the pieces together to understand the problem.
Undergraduate Degree: Bridgewater College - Bachelors, Biology, General
Running, hurdling, videogames, laser tag, chemistry and biology research, the beach and pool, occasional reading, watching movies, playing volleyball, playing soccer, hanging out with friends
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy when it comes to teaching is that to understand the bigger picture you have to be able to understand what makes up each section; you have to comprehend the little pieces to understand how they all come together.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Start with introductions and then determine what material the student has previously done and what they understand, and then search for what the student does not know and then begin filling in the areas as we begin working through the program.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Observe and learn how the student takes in and retains the information, and then suggests strategies, tips, and tricks specific to the student that will help the student succeed when there is no outside help.