I am currently in my second year of pharmacy school at Butler University. I believe the only limitations for a student are the limits they place upon themselves. I strive to show students their possibilities they can achieve and guide them along the way. I could not have gotten to where I am today without great teachers and mentors.
Butler University - Bachelors, Pharmacy
Butler University - PhD, Pharmacy
ACT Reading: 33
AP US History: 4
What is your teaching philosophy?
Taking a real world approach, I believe in the "see once, do once, teach once" strategy in teaching concepts to help engage the student in an active learning environment.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session will primarily be to determine how well the student and I will be able to work together, along with what the student is looking to get out of the tutoring session.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By helping build a student's foundation of knowledge and teaching the student to tackle problems with their working knowledge, the student can teach themselves by working through the problem using what they already know.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Using the sandwich method that I use in coaching: compliment on a positive, critique a negative, reinforce a strong positive so the student leaves on a positive note.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The first step is to find where they do not understand, and back track until we hit material they understand. Then I will slowly build the general knowledge needed to understand, using analogies related to the student's interests to form a deeper understanding to the material. After all of the explanation, I will give a practice problem for the student to complete for practice. Then, the student will have to teach me the concept.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I am a big believer in the "learn once, do once, teach once" strategy to create an active learning environment for the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Work through what the students know, and begin to build off of the basics.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate interests of the student to the subject they are struggling in, if a student relates a subject to what they are passionate about; their learning will progress exponentially.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Utilizing the tutoring platform’s study questions and tailored homework questions to the student's needs.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Start with building off of what the student knows, and solidify their understanding of the basics. Then, give the student a problem that they have to think through using what they know to solve the problem. When the student has to apply what they know, their depth of learning will be much deeper and they will get more out of the exercises.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Before the tutoring begins, ask the student what their goals are and determining a plan that suits them. We will then determine where they are in that plan to determine what skills we need to strengthen to allow us to execute our plan.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Determine what type of learner the student is, and tailor tutoring sessions to best fit their learning style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
My personal school notes and textbooks, their equation sheets and notes, and the tutoring platform’s Learning Tools.