Growing, I was lucky enough to learn to take immense pride in my academics. My grandma is a retired math professor and my mom double majored in English and math and went onto law school where she met my dad. When it came to the classroom (and on the athletic field), my dad only asked for my best effort while my mom always wanted me to bring home the A and the win (thankfully no matter what I brought home she still loved me because I was not the most gifted athlete). My experiences with my parents' academic philosophies led me to develop one of my own: commit to the process, do your best, and earn the grade.
During my undergrad years at the University of Florida, I earned my degree in Business Administration with an outside concentration in Sports Management and minored in Entrepreneurship. Outside of the classroom, I was a student manager for the Florida Gator baseball team that won two SEC titles and made two trips to the College World Series in my 4 years with the team.
When not helping others excel in the classroom, I can be found enjoying football, baseball, and basketball, working on my terrible golf game, trying new recipes in the kitchen, and enjoying beautiful South Florida with friends and family.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Florida - Bachelors, Business Administration with an Outside Concentration in Sports Management
Watching and playing sports, cooking, going to the beach, hanging out with friends and family, and creating unforgettable memories.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that success is possible when a student commits to the process, does their best, and earns the grade.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student. While the subject is universally the same, no two students are.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will help instill a sense of pride in them with regards to their academic work. When a student cares about doing well and earning the grade, they will become an independent learner
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would remind the student of what they are working towards. Keep their eyes on the prize.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would take a step back to find the root of the misunderstanding of the concept. You simply cannot heal a wound without knowing where the wound is.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Make sure students aren't speed-reading. Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast. Attack one page at a time and understand everything they just read before moving one.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Put the problem in words the student understands. When helping athletes in math, I put math problems into sports terms so it makes more sense.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Simply make it fun and be encouraging. Encouragement along the way helps build confidence and makes the student believe in themselves.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
A student knows the material when they can help others understand it. When the student can tell me in their own words what we are working on, that is when I know that they've got it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Give them a few easy examples to help understand the basics of the concept, and build confidence before we dive into the more difficult aspects.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By asking them questions about what they feel they do well with and what they need help with regarding a certain subject area.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By seeking to understand their needs and build on what they do know, it is easy for me to be understood when I am offering help in a subject area.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I put a heavy emphasis on practice problems to help students familiarize the ways in which knowledge of a certain topic can be tested.