Learning has been a passion of mine for quite a while. I have spent years in school studying everything from English to Welding; taken an EMT course, and obtained both Undergraduate and Graduate level degrees in Alternative Medicine. I have a passion for fitness and health. I have taught at the college level for 3 years now, and my courses have included Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Medical Terminology, Nutrition, CPR and Medical Emergencies, and Exam Room Procedures. Nutrition is part of my daily life, and I am currently working toward a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I tutor and teach because I love sharing knowledge.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Everglades University - Bachelors, Alternative Medicine
Graduate Degree: American College of Healthcare Science - Masters, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Gardening, fitness, health, hiking, camping, nature, rock and tree climbing, cooking.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe it is most important to find a way to relate the material to the individual student. Everyone has some angle, some direction or use for the information. When you can reach the student at that level the information will be easier to understand and can be integrated naturally.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Discuss the goals of the student and the barrier, or difficulties that student is having with the subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Find out what drives the student and then teach him or her how to seek that information within the subject or within the context of the material.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
You have to WANT what you want. To obtain a thing that you desire you have to truly understand what it is and why you want it; then it has to be worth the effort to get it. If a student knows what he or she wants, then its all about getting them to understand that it is worth the effort and in their best interest for their own personal goals to stay on task and continue moving in that direction.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Fine new ways to relate the material to the student. If they still have trouble, I move on. It is possible that something further along will make that skill make sense.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I give them specific, open-ended questions to look for each time they read the material. "What does the author think about ... ?" for example when they are reading a story. This gives the student(s) one single thing to try to comprehend. Then I add another, and eventually another. After a while the student(s) are reading and looking for these things naturally.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Just good old fashioned report. When the student and tutor can converse naturally and have a good personal dynamic the "ways to reach the student" arise naturally, and volumes of information and topics to be covered can become simple conversations.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask questions, and have the student express the material back in his or her own words.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Discussing what the student knows already, and adding to it. Find the point of confidence for the student, if one exists, and then grow from that stability.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Look at the requirements of the subject, listen to the way in which the student presents his or her level of understanding, and find the weak points, or the points of misunderstanding. Then it is a matter of finding ways to reach the individual at a level he or she can comprehend.