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Laura

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I'm currently finishing up my master's in chemistry and will start working toward my phd this fall. I am passionate about science and math education and enjoy working with others to help them understand the subjects. When tutoring, I like to work at the pace of the student and cater to individual needs to ensure that they are understanding the material. When I am able to find spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and doing things outdoors such as hiking and biking.

Laura’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Bachelors, Chemistry

Graduate Degree: New Jersey Institute of Technology - Masters, Chemistry

Hobbies

hiking, biking, baking

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

Chemistry

College Algebra

College Chemistry

High School Chemistry

Math

Pre-Calculus

Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I think it is important to work individually with each student to identify where they are having trouble. It is also important to understand that students prefer different teaching styles, and it is helpful for the teacher to cater to the individual needs of each student.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would go over a brief outline of the session and identify the goals for the first session and future sessions. I would also identify the best teaching method to use with the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

It is helpful for the teacher to ask a lot of questions during the session to ensure that the student is thinking independently and not just watching the teacher.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Positive feedback is helpful, along with setting short-term goals that are attainable.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would try to identify where the student is having trouble with the concept and break it down into simpler parts. It is typically easier to understand a difficult concept after it is broken down into simple parts.