I am a graduate of West Virginia Univeristy where I received a degree in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in the health professions. Since graduating I have been assisting with clinical research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and am hoping to return to school to earn my Masters in Healthcare Administration.
My tutoring experience began in college, where I worked with student athletes as well as chemistry and biology students at school. What first started as me assisting friends in my classes turned into something I really enjoyed, especially when it dealth with health science courses such as biology or physiology. I found that often times the best way to learn a particular subject is to know how to approach the material properly to make the most of the time you have. This is reflective of my teaching philosophy which relies not only on strong understanding of course material, but also implementing a pragmatic approach in learning as well. Currently I tutor students in science courses as well as standardized test preparation.
Outside of working I am a big sports fan and love staying active and exploring the outdoors.
Undergraduate Degree: West Virginia University - Bachelors, Exercise Physiology
GRE Quantitative: 164
GRE Verbal: 162
Sports, Exercising, Outdoors
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe the best way to tackle a challenging subject is by taking a balanced approach and taking time to plan out the best way to learn that subject. Whether that involves doing practice problems, drawing diagrams, or reviewing difficult sections, knowing how to efficiently and effectively learn subject matter is key to gaining faster and better results.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out what the student’s goals are, where they are currently, and what they have been attempting to do in order to learn their material so far.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching not only course material but also effective study strategies that they can implement in their free time.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Continuing to encourage them while keeping them challenged.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Look for different ways to teach that skill or concept, or possibly find new ways to break it down even more than previously.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Teaching them about scope and topic of different sections, and encouraging them to be active readers outside of studying.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Establish a connection, learn what their goals are and where they are now, and create a plan with realistic expectations.