I am currently a student at Ave Maria University pursuing a B.A. in physics with a minor in math. I first started tutoring when I was in high school, and it has helped me find my passion for teaching. When I graduate in 2017, I aim to become a math and physics teacher because I love teaching! My passion for the sciences and math started in high school, where I was fortunate enough to attend a STEM magnet and had the opportunity to take many AP and advanced math and science classes. I helped my fellow students with these subjects while in high school, and I began tutoring students when I went to college as well.
I believe that anyone can learn math and physics, even if it doesn't come naturally. I think with a patient dedicated tutor, anyone can master these tricky subjects with a little hard work. My teaching philosophy is that no matter a students strengths or weaknesses, they have the ability to learn. I love helping students reach their goals, no matter how small. I have tutored students of all ages, from 6th grade through college, and I find helping struggling students as rewarding as those who just need a little help.
In my free time I enjoy running, spending time with friends, tinkering with projects on my Arduino, and playing with my dog.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Ave Maria University - Current Undergrad, Physics
ACT Reading: 35
Running, playing with my dog, tinkering with electronics and spending time with friends.
10th Grade Math
11th Grade Math
12th Grade Math
6th Grade Math
7th Grade Math
8th Grade Math
9th Grade Math
CLEP College Algebra
CLEP College Mathematics
Elementary School Math
FCAT 2.0 Prep
GRE Subject Test in Mathematics
High School Chemistry
High School Physics
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I think the best place to start is by determining where the student is struggling and what their goals are. Once this has been done, a plan can be made to tackle these areas of concern and help them learn.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By giving students the tools to evaluate what needs to be done in a problem and find the methods within their textbooks, I think they can successfully learn independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Setting short-term goals and long-term goals can help a student's motivation. Every short-term goal that is reached brings them one step closer to the long-term goal, and helps them to recognize just how far they have come.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Go back to the basics. I think the best way to start is by starting with a simple problem that introduces a concept. This can help to identify what is not clicking in their mind so I can help to better pinpoint what needs to be explained in more detail.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student has the ability to learn and understand even the trickiest of subjects with a little hard work and a patient and dedicated teacher.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I think that the best way to start is to figure out exactly what concepts they are having trouble with and make a plan for how to tackle these concepts. I also find that setting goals help to keep students motivated and eager to learn.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
In math and science I think the best way to engage students is to relate concepts to their everyday lives. I think by making something relatable it becomes less intimidating and can even spark an interest the student never knew they had.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Questions. I think questions can really help students to see what they already know and what isn't quite sticking, so I can then figure out what needs to be further explained. Once I explain a concept, the best way to enforce it is by doing problems and using the concepts until they are second nature for the student.