The credibility and capability of myself as a tutor is most likely anyone's first concern, so let me tell you a little about myself. I recently transfered to the University of Maryland (UMD) and am currently enrolled in the James A. Clark School of Engineering, pursuing a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. Previously to UMD, I attended Salisbury University (SU) where I was enrolled in a pre-transfer engineering dual degree program that will soon enable me to also have a B.S. in chemistry. During my time at Salisbury, I maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.89 with a GPA of 4.0 for my major (chemistry). Also during this time, I worked as a supplemental instructor for the university. For this, I was assigned to a General Chemistry II class of roughly seventy students. Outside of class, I held one-hour review sessions, three times a week, for the entire semester. For these sessions, I created worksheets pertaining to the courseware and lead class discussions.
My academic experiences have most definitely given me an extensive appreciation and understanding for a wide plethora of chemistry, mathematics and physics courses (see resume). This, combined with my experience as a supplemental instructor, is what I think will make me the perfect tutor for any science/mathematical related courseware you may be struggling with. I look forward to meeting you!
Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland-College Park - Current Undergrad, Materials Science and Engineering
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What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that there is never one way of tackling a situation, and that being the case, there is never one way of learning. The best way to teach is to find the best way to learn, unique to every individual, and to go from there.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would start off by talking with the student to see exactly what topics are most concerning. From there, I would attempt to formulate a strategy, with the student, to address these areas of concern.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The best way to learn independently is to understand the best way in which one learns, which is unique to everyone. To help a student understand this, I would practice different techniques for studying with the student, so that they can use whichever they like best to learn on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
A good motivator is success. Hopefully, from our sessions, the student will become more successful in their academics, motivating them to continue on their current path of hard work and study.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
There is always more than one way to lean something. If a student is struggling to learn a particular skill or concept, that would mean that the method in which it is conveyed is inadequate. Thus, to tackle this problem, I would attempt to try a different approach.