I found my passion for teaching students about a year ago and have loved it ever since. I have experience teaching and tutoring general chemistry and organic chemistry at Arizona State University (I do practice better lab safety than what my photo would suggest). However, I do have a solid foundation within the fields of biochemistry and biology courses. I enjoy all sciences and really enjoy helping students find their passion for the sciences. I strongly believe in the student finding the answers to their own questions with the help of a few guiding questions I ask. However, I am able to adapt to any learning style in order to benefit the student.
I started my academic career at Arizona State University three years ago. I am currently pursuing a B.S. in Health Sciences with a minor in Spanish and another minor in Nutrition and Healthy Living. I hope to attend medical school after I graduate and become a physician of some sort. I currently hold an officer position in the American Medical Student Association at ASU and currently work as an organic chemistry instructional aide (similar to a TA). I am currently conducting research for my Barrett Honors thesis on the effects of the hunger hormone ghrelin and its effects on metabolic demands and body composition. I am very fortunate to be able to have my own research study as an undergrad and am very passionate about this field of study.
On a more personal note, I am a big Star Wars fan and love everything about it. I enjoy outdoor recreational activities such as camping, hiking, and recreational shooting. Pretty much, anything outdoors I am all for it (except rock climbing, I don't do heights). I look forward to meeting all sorts of students and helping them succeed in their own academic endeavors.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelors, Health Sciences (Pre-Professional)
I enjoy all science and learning about new things that I can apply to my everyday life. In addition, I LOVE Star Wars as well as almost all outdoor activities like camping and hiking.
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A typical first session will include assessing the student's needs by asking for topic strengths and weaknesses, and then assessing the student's strategies and habits in relation to the material. Finally, I will assess how the student learns and what approach is best for the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner through my teaching style. I believe in having students come to the answers and explanations they need through their own logical thinking and progression prompted by guiding questions I will ask. In this way, the student can begin to think critically and logically in order to answer their own questions.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Becoming an unmotivated student happens to all of us at one point or another in our academic careers. I have found that relating material to everyday life that the student will experience and see on a daily basis will help increase interest level, and create some spark of motivation that could grow into a larger interest.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would not give up on the skill or concept. Instead, I would revisit the basics and ensure that the student has a solid understanding of them. Additionally, I would revisit the subject later after the stress of not grasping a subject goes away.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I will periodically test a student with some questions to ensure the student fully understands the material. I would assess the student at the end of each topic to ensure that the student has mastered the content.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement will encourage the student to become more confident with their subject knowledge.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by asking the student what he/she struggles with. Additionally, I would ask the student questions in topics they think they are strong in.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am able to adjust my explanations and plan of attack to fit the student's need. If a student understands material through actually practicing rather than straight explanations, the session would be centered around answering questions and then explaining why or why not the student was successful. If the student responds better to a little direction first and then independent question practice afterwards, the session would be focused more on explaining concepts.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Typically, a textbook that the student uses, along with pencil and paper is sufficient. If the student requires additional visual aids, I will use my computer to bring up these aides in order to better assist the student.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is centered around facilitated discovery. I do not simply give out the answers, but instead I guide the student through questions so the student can logically come to the answers for their own questions.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Breaking down tough sections in a book into simpler sentences with easier to understand words.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategies that I have found to be most successful when I start to work with a student are to maintain a high level of enthusiasm and energy in order to motivate the student and get them to be excited about learning. Also, I have found that starting off by ensuring the fundamentals are well established allows for the student to grasp more difficult concepts easier and builds their self-confidence.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Constant encouragement that the student can and will excel in a subject can help a student get more excited and engaged. Also, getting excited when the student makes progress will also help the student get excited and want to continue learning and mastering material.