Hello, my name is Monica and one of my favorite things to do is to tutor and teach! I wake up every day enthusiastic to learn and contribute to a greater world. I have been tutoring for a long time. I am the oldest child and I have 2 younger siblings who I teach everything I learn. We are older now, so I do not get as much time to hang out with them as they are onto their own schooling and work. I graduated undergrad with a BA in Psychology and Minor in Business. I love the sciences as I think it is fascinating what we and the world are made of, and to learn about these things, gives us a better understanding of who we are and where we are headed. I also spent a few years working as an accountant. After I saved up enough money to help my family out, I went back to school to get a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Premedical Sciences. I also am an EMT. I have worked on the ambulances and in the hospitals and I find taking care of others extremely rewarding. For the next few years, I will be attending medical school. Along this entire journey, I have been tutoring students of a wide span of ages, from middle school to high school to college to adult (students in my own classes). I have a tremendous amount of patience combined with a goal-oriented mentality. I find a ton of joy in teaching others the things I've learned. I understand every student is different, so I approach every student differently depending on their needs and persona. I want every student I come in contact with to find the joy and realization of how enjoyable education truly is.
Undergraduate Degree: Montclair State University - Bachelors, Psychology
Graduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Current Grad Student, Premedical Sciences
tutoring :) reading, learning, ziplining, snowboarding, skiing, swimming, the beach, random drives, random acts of kindness, reading to children in libraries, learning different languages, traveling
What is your teaching philosophy?
We are lifelong students and learners. All of us. What defines us as human beings is this unique ability we have been given to learn, and I think it is important that we all utilize it to the best of our ability. We have a responsibility to use said knowledge to contribute to a better and kinder world. I have taught all my life. From the day I can remember having a little brother and sister, and I plan to never stop teaching, no matter where my other careers take me.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will start by letting the student tell me what they are confused on, what they do know, and what they would like for me to help them with. If they do not tell me these things, I will ask for it. Every student is different so every encounter is unique and enjoyable in its own way! :).
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will guide students to teaching themselves rather than giving answers. After students have learned something, I often have them teach it back to. Students often enjoy this part very much, as they get to see their own progress right before their own eyes!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Sometimes it is true that students will get discouraged or frustrated from difficult problems. I always remind them that I have been in school for a long time and will continue to be in school, and that these challenges will come up. I explain to them how these challenges are part of the bigger fun because it comes with bigger rewards after overcoming the difficulty. :)
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning something, I will often switch gears and find out alternative ways to teach them the same thing. If after trying alternative methods do not work (which very often they will), I will then take the lead a little and guide the student by showing them examples or related problems. I believe these are great challenges of being a tutor will allow for me to become better at teaching.