I am an expecting graduate of Ohio University in May 2017. I will receive my Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology with minors in biology and nutrition, as well as a certificate in diabetes. After graduation I plan to attend Physician Assistant School to eventually practice medicine in the field of emergency medicine or pediatrics. Throughout my academic career I have tutored a broad range of subjects including nutrition, organic chemistry, human anatomy and physiology. I am most passionate about human anatomy as I have been a teaching assistant at my university for three semesters, and will continue to do so for another two semesters. I often engage students that are stuck or unmotivated by including fun learning tools such as Jeopardy, animations, and memorable mnemonics. In my experience, remarkable improvement has been observed when students first understand fundamental concepts and then build their understanding to tie together what they are learning with the importance it has in today's society and their future careers. My goal is to perpetuate the importance of education to broaden the horizons of my students in hopes for a brighter future. Outside of academics I enjoy hiking, kayaking, playing the ukulele, and watching engaging shows on Netflix.
Ohio University-Main Campus - Current Undergrad, Exercise Physiology
ACT Composite: 25
GRE Quantitative: 153
GRE Verbal: 152
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe the key to successful learning is consistency and dedication. With hard work and proper guidance, anything can be achieved.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would discuss course long term and short term goals, objectives and other course related aspirations. I would determine what style of learning works best for them (drawings, analogies, etc.) to tailor my teaching style to their needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can provide learning tips that they can practice on their own and introduce "study hacks" to make learning rewarding and easy.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would raise awareness of the important role that each and every course they are taking has on their education and career. I would also implement games involving point systems to implement fun learning for students.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would start from a point that they have proficiently understood and work my way to explaining what they are struggling with, step by step. I may rephrase the way I am explaining it in order for them to better understand the concept.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find diagrams, analogies, positive feedback and constant goal setting is crucial to a positive learning environment. It is also important to keep the student-tutor relationship professional, yet relaxed, to enable an efficient, fun learning experience.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
It is important to integrate positive feedback when students do well or answer questions correctly. Additionally, it is important to look back at the progress made in comprehensive material to build confidence in their understanding of the material.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I constantly ask for feedback to see if my teaching style is adequate for their needs (pace, clarity, etc.). Learning is a two-way street, and I try to be efficient and effective. Also, quick quizzes ensure proper evaluation during learning periods in regards to the material that is being covered.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use a whiteboard to illustrate concepts and figures in addition to figures/diagrams listed in certain textbooks. Also, YouTube videos do a great job of illustrating concepts that are paired with my commentary.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Fun learning games or exercises are helpful in keeping a positive attitude toward a subject. Watching relevant YouTube videos is also a great way to see cool applications of the material being covered in real life, not just conceptual theory.