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Thomas

My reason for wanting to teach is purely to help change lives of students who are willing to learn and excel. I feel I can be in the best position to help students out by being a tutor for Varsity Tutors. My education from attaining a Masters in Biomedical Sciences and currently studying in a doctoral program to attain my Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree qualifies me to have the ability to help these students excel in their subjects. Working in the past with students on their dental admissions test (DAT) and other teaching assistant jobs, I feel I can make a difference. My strengths are in the biomedical sciences field. I am confident to teach basic math and also mentor and teach students who want to attain a better score on the DAT.
I have worked with children since high school. I have volunteered at multiple clinics and camps where I was exposed to children and taught how to mentor them.
I feel I can be a great tutor and role model for these future students who are willing to learn and work towards their goals.

Undergraduate Degree:

Texas A & M University-College Station - Bachelors, Biology, General

Graduate Degree:

Texas A & M University-College Station - Masters, Biomedical Sciences

Bike, Run, Lift weights, read and family time.

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

2nd Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Science

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Science

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Science

6th Grade Science

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Science

8th Grade Science

9th Grade Math

Adult ESL/ELL

Cell Biology

CLEP Biology

College Biology

DAT

DAT Perceptual Ability

DAT Quantitative Reasoning

DAT Reading Comprehension

DAT Survey of the Natural Sciences

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Middle School Science

OAT Survey of Natural Sciences

Other

PCAT Biology

What is your teaching philosophy?

Encouragement and positive interaction with students helps them learn better and succeed. I believe every student is capable of mastering any concept with time and the right tools.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By teaching the student strategies to study more effectively by working on their weakness can help students become independent and confident to learn on their own. Never be afraid.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Showing passion while teaching will help a student get more engaged and excited with a subject they are struggling in. It always helps to make the subject more interesting and fun by teaching it with enthusiasm.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I believe the best way to know if a student understands material is if they can teach what they have learned to anyone. If the student can teach it back to me, I am confident he understands the material.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

There are several ways to build a student’s confidence. One would be to start with a manageable topic that he/she could master. This will bring up the student's confidence to move on to a more challenging concept.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Diagnostic tests and questions on the particular subject can reveal the student’s needs. Also, simply asking the student what he/she is having difficulty understanding could be the best way.