I am a recent Biology graduate from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Throughout my time in my undergraduate I had a passion for sharing my knowledge with others and did so by being a volunteer tutor for entry level chemistry classes, teaching an anatomy laboratory, volunteering to help with algebra and tutoring in Spanish. I speak Spanish fluently after living in Chile for two years and I like to try to teach towards the understanding of my students. First by helping them understand some of the Latin roots and then teaching useful phrases that can be used more commonly. I have always had a passion for biology and the sciences connected to it and with that I will be able to help on both the high school and college level by teaching mnemonics and taking the time to quiz the student until they are comfortable with the material. I am comfortable tutoring at any education level and I am excited to be part of your educational journey.
Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University-Idaho - Bachelors, Human Biology
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What is your teaching philosophy?
There is no such thing as a dumb student, only students who have not yet found their own learning style. My goal is to help you find that style, and with it, better grades and a happier outlook on education.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would like to get to know their educational background. Be able to crack a joke or two in order to make them comfortable and have them learn in a non-stressful and easier environment.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By helping them to know how best to learn and study. If the student knows what study habits will help them attain the best possible grades they will stick with it and be happier overall with their education.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By coming up with either a system for them to earn long-term goals with me or with their parents, and also with short term or immediate prizes of sorts depending on the age of the person being tutored. However, I believe that the best possible motivation will be the increase in their grades and scholastic confidence.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try to break it down into smaller concepts and individually explain each part using something that they already understand. After each section I would begin to put it into the big picture of the problem or concept until they were able to work it out for themselves.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
This is one that I understand personally having grown up with dyslexia. One of the most common things that a person in that situation needs is patience and understanding. There is no easy or quick fix, but instead a lot of practice and techniques to learn to better understand and retain what is being read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First to teach in such a way that they understand what you are saying. Second is to be understanding yourself when they struggle and to ask them to be patient with themselves. Lastly to always congratulate and be excited when they are correct or understand a difficult concept.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
My usual approach for this is to find a way that they can think about it in real terms. In other words, to put it into practice in everyday life, and with that the student will be able to be more excited about the application of what they are learning.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
My go to is usually some form of quizzing, whether that be verbal, written or in the form of calculations; it doesn't matter as long as they have to recall the material from memory. Next I like to have them teach their parents or me what they learned so it becomes even more reinforced. Lastly I like to have little check ins to see if they have kept up on the materials in order to retain them in long-term memory.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By helping them to get the right answers themselves! Giving a student the answer will never build confidence only dependence, but helping them to achieve it on their own will help them to understand that not only is it possible but very probable that they understand the material.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I think that one of the best ways is to take a two-step approach. First ask them, find out what they think the problem is and what they are struggling with. Second, watch, observe and try to find out what their train of thought is like, and where there may be a few gaps that you can fill in.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Depending on what kind of learner they are I will try to adapt my teaching style to it. If they are an audible learner I will try to verbally explain what is going on; if they are a more physical or visual learner then I will come up with drawings or movable examples for them to better understand the material.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session I will usually use a combination of textbooks, computers, a white board or some other material to draw or calculate on, as well as anecdotal examples.