I have over 5 years of experience with tutoring diverse subjects, with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
In college, I worked as a tutor for an on-campus learning center for 3 years, helping my peers succeed in subjects such as biology, math, physics, and even preliminary programming and engineering courses. In addition, I acted as a TA for a freshmen-level MATLAB programming course my sophomore year. As a TA, I worked directly with students to help them solve problems as they coded.
In addition, I spent a summer teaching high school students biology and and basic laboratory technique as part of my alma-mater's summer outreach program. I have also taught a small discussion section at Yale for a fundamentals of biology course. Outside of STEM fields, I also have experience editing written documents, as well as tutoring elementary school reading and grammar.
I enjoy teaching because I love to help people learn. I understand that everyone learns in different ways, so I try to teach using multiple approaches. I believe that with persistence and care, anyone can succeed. With that in mind, whether you or your child needs just one session to brush up or several recurring sessions to master a subject, I am willing to help.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - Bachelors, Applied BIology
ACT Composite: 35
ACT English: 36
ACT Math: 33
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 36
SAT Math: 700
SAT Writing: 720
Writing, video games, doodling, painting my nails
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School Physics
Middle School Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that anyone can succeed with enough time and care. I try to make sure to teach using multiple approaches whenever possible, especially when the student is struggling with ideas.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, I try to get a feel for what the student already knows. We can then use this as a springboard to fill in any gaps in their knowledge.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I try to always teach students the basic skills and concepts they will need to master the course on their own. It's always important to start at the foundation and work up.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe that everyone can succeed with hard work and a little help. I help my students become independent so they can handle anything a course throws at them.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I try my best to teach things in multiple ways. If a student does not understand one explanation, another may suit them better. I also try to find the root of why they are having difficulty: Did they miss a key concept beforehand? Are they misunderstanding a key vocabulary word?
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First I try to see how many resources they have that they can share with me. Is there a syllabus? Does the professor post lecture slides online? I ask how they have done so far on tests and quizzes. Then I try to find out what specifically they are struggling with so that we can start tackling it right away.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to bring it back to what they are interested in, and build up a sense of confidence and independence.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I love to use the tutoring company's built-in questions to help build confidence. I try to guide students through the questions step-by-step to see where they are struggling, and get them to the point that they can solve the problems on their own.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I usually use practice problems to really see where a student is struggling. I will ask them to do a problem on their own, then walk me through how they did it. That way, I can specifically see what they are struggling with.