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Jennifer

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After receiving my Bachelors in Science in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Chemistry, I learned that I have a true passion for mathematics and the sciences. However, it wasn't until I got involved in Peer-Led Team Learning at FIU for General Biology and Human Biology and getting a job as a Learning Assistant in the Math Department that I realized where my passion truly lies--in tutoring! Helping my struggling peers that felt so overwhelmed by the sciences and seeing how far they have come to where they now fully understanding the topics, is the best feeling in the world.
As an engineering student that at times found myself struggling with my heavy course load, I understand that learning is an art and it take time and dedication to master. Studying is a habit that is best learned through practice and trial and error. I would love nothing more that helping student understand subjects starting from High school math through College Algebra and even Differential Equations. Aside from math, I enjoy Biology, Human Physiology and Chemistry.

Jennifer’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Florida International University - Bachelors, Biomedical Engineering

Hobbies

On my down time I enjoy photography, creating and editing videos, rocking climbing and all things outdoorsy. When I get a chance I love to binge watch The Vampire Diaries, Grey's Anatomy, Gossip Girl and Homeland--to name a few.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

Biology

Biomedical Engineering

Calculus

Chemistry

College Algebra

College Biology

College Chemistry

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School Math

General Biology

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Honors Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

Intermediate Algebra

Languages

Math

Middle School Math

Science

Spanish 1


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am a math and science enthusiast! I believe finding ways to apply college algebra and calculus to real world problems is what really gets my students going and motivated to learn. Contrary to common belief, College Algebra is used in our everyday life, and exposing that bridge provides the students with a cohesive understanding of multiple disciplines such as inorganic chemistry and biology. Through my own personal struggles and my experience as a learning assistant at the university, I have learned that openly discussing and probing students with questions really helps me evaluate their baseline of understanding, while at the same time helping me build on that foundation. My tutoring efforts revolve around what my students already know and helping them understand topics in 2 to 3 different ways. They then are free to choose whichever approach is easiest to retain.

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

In my first session with my student I like to have them recap what they know, what they're confused about and what they have no absolute clue on how to solve. I also like to include follow up questions in order to assess what foundational topics we must first clarify.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Working as a Learning Assistant at University has taught me how to probe students with open-ended questions on the subjects that confuse them. I also find that providing students with studying techniques and resources seem to help a great deal. Additionally, I think learning how your students learns, and building on that foundation or mental model, helps student effectively learn in their own style.