I'm passionate about helping students because I believe education unlocks many doors in life and creates opportunities for people. Learning can be a rewarding experience and seeing someone who you are helping succeed is equally rewarding. Most of my experience teaching comes from helping teach college biology and chemistry to peers within study groups. We would take turns going over the material and help one another through tough questions. I went to the University of South Florida to earn my bachelors degree in Microbiology. I am now putting the skills to use in the workforce. I tutor many subjects and I specialize in test preparation. My favorite subject to tutor is biology because I find the subject fascinating. My teaching philosophy is that hard work and persistence produce results and I want to encourage my students to work at their best performance and reach their full potential. My interests outside of academia include running, watching Netflix, drawing and painting, as well as preparing for medical school.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of South Florida-Main Campus - Bachelors, Microbiology
ACT English: 31
SAT Composite: 2110
SAT Math: 700
SAT Verbal: 700
SAT Writing: 710
running, reading, painting, drawing, gardening and cooking
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
You have the power to succeed. Through hard work, perseverance, and practice you can achieve your goals, and I will be there to help assist and encourage you.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know the student and their interests, as well as determine goals for the tutoring sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I hope to empower my students to become independent learners by helping them organize their learning efforts.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keeping the ultimate goal of the tutoring in mind, and how that success will impact the student's future is a great way to keep motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would patiently explain the skill or concept to the student another time, perhaps with a different example.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
There are many techniques to help with reading comprehension. A personal favorite for me is to break down a passage by paragraph, writing a summary sentence about each paragraph.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The best strategy I have found is to find out where the student needs the most assistance, and then focus on that area. However, it is important to also remind the students of their strengths.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I might show them areas of their daily life that are affected by that subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would test the student with comprehension questions every few minutes to ensure understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
When the student is successful, I try to let them know how well they are doing so they can take pride in their hard work to succeed.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
One way to evaluate a student's needs is to ask the student what their learning goals are, and then ask in what areas they need to practice and improve in order to reach those goals.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If a student is struggling with a concept and would prefer to meet for an additional session, I could provide additional assistance.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The materials I like to use for a tutoring session vary based on the material. Materials could range from practice problems, to flashcards, to practice reading passages.