Hi students! I graduated from the University of Oregon in September. I double majored in Math and Economics, with a minor in Physics. I also had a lot of fun being a part of my school's outdoor leadership training program where I learned to lead fellow classmates on backpacking and outdoor trips. I worked as a tutor and/or a teaching assistant for more than three years during school and always enjoyed doing it. I love to learn about everything, and being able to pass on that love on learning is a big part of why I tutor. I believe that memorization often takes the enjoyment out of learning and always try and use my time teaching to develop deeper understandings of the fundamentals of the subject.
In my free time, I am an avid rock climber, skier, and backpacker. I love to cook and especially eat delicious food. A lot of my time is spent reading non fiction books and watching educational videos.
Look forward to meeting you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Oregon - Bachelors, Math and Economics, minor in physics
I am an avid rock climber and backpacker, and love to cook and eat delicious food. I really enjoy a good non fiction book too!
10th Grade Math
11th Grade Math
12th Grade Math
1st Grade Math
2nd Grade Math
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Science
4th Grade Math
4th Grade Science
5th Grade Math
5th Grade Science
CLEP College Mathematics
CLEP Principles of Macroeconomics
CLEP Principles of Microeconomics
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Science
High School Business
High School Economics
High School Physics
What is your teaching philosophy?
As Albert Einstein said, "if you can't explain it simply, then you don't understand it well enough." This is my teaching philosophy, I believe everyone, with some drive and interest, can learn anything. I always teach by encouraging questions, building confidence, and understanding material on an intuitive level. The fun of learning is to remember it after you take the test too!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I like to reiterate their goals and their learning style. I also talk about how to learn in general, and test taking strategies. I stress the importance of asking any questions, and of not being afraid to try and be wrong.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think that a lot of students have trouble asking themselves the intermediate leading questions that get them from the start of the problem to the end. Everyone who is good at a subject knows how to take the intermediate steps to work through a problem, few people can see the answer of a complex problem without thinking through it. Reinforcing these questions helps students work through problems on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think that building a student's confidence with support and patience is the best way to maintain interest and motivation. I have met a lot of students who shy away from subjects like math because they tell themselves they can't do it before they start. You can't be motivated with that mentality.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Some of my high school teachers got so sick of how many questions I asked in class that they started limiting me to just two or three per class period. My philosophy for learning and teaching is that there are no silly questions, and that asking questions and digging deeply into the answer is the best way to learn.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I always like to show how a subject relates to the real world. In physics, that may mean setting up really cool demonstrations and showing how concepts apply. In economics, I might relate a concept to a global economic phenomenon that everyone is familiar with. In math, I try to teach everything as visually as possible. Also in math, I think students become frustrated when presented with a lot of rules, when in reality math only has a few fundamental rules. These ideas help a student relate and stay excited.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I think it is very important to build a relationship with a student. I always start a new tutoring relationship by telling the student that I always want them to interrupt me with a question, nothing is off the table. I tell them never be afraid to tell me to slow down or that I need to explain it in a different way. I want them to feel comfortable telling me they don't understand. I make sure to check in as often as possible as well.