I am currently an undergraduate pre-medical student at Saint Louis University studying Investigative and Medical Sciences with minors in Biology and Health Care Ethics. During my academic career I have had the pleasure of tutoring students ranging from middle school to high school in a variety of subjects including Biology, English, Reading, Algebra, and Geometry. I worked as an instructor at the Kumon Math and Reading Center for 3 years, where I assisted students with English, Math, and Reading. Through Kumon I learned the skills necessary to be an effective tutor: patience and an ability to instill a deeper passion of the material that is relatable to the learner. Additionally, I worked as an A+ tutor through my high school program, in which I tutored my own peers and others in my grade. I was able to learn how to relate with the student in a way that is different than a classroom settinga one on one experience that is tailored to the individual student's needs. While my passion lies in writing and English, I am also qualified to tutor other subjects such as biology and calculus. Any topic can be broken down into its elements, which can then be taught at a pace comfortable to the student. Understanding of the concept will come when the student is able to piece together the elements cohesively into an understood concept.
Undergraduate Degree: Saint Louis University-Main Campus - Current Undergrad, Investigative and Medical Sciences
ACT English: 36
ACT Reading: 32
football, soccer, tennis, ping pong, playing the guitar
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
By breaking down any problem into its individual components, it is much more easy to understand and comprehend. Finding patterns in the way you approach and solve problems is a key to finding success in the concept.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Almost any subject can be interesting once you break it down and apply it to your own interests. Approach a concept you are struggling with as if you are trying to become an expert in it. From there, the steps to becoming engaged become a personal challenge instead of an academic burden.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Often times, the best way to assess comprehension is for the student to become the teacher. I like to ask my students to relay the information back to me in their own words. From there, it is easy to differentiate between the student's strengths and weaknesses in concepts.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
A great way to build confidence is giving the student teaching assignments. I often have my students teach the information back to me, as well as to their parents at home. This not only creates repetition, but it also builds confidence in the student.