A little about myself: I am currently a High School Science Teacher at Eustis High. I teach Environmental and Forensic Science. I graduated from Florida International University with a BS in Marine Biology. For about five years I worked with Dr. Joel Trexler and Dr. Kevin Boswell working on the spatio-temporal patterns in the distribution, behavior, and foraging of fish in the Everglade canals using advanced fisheries sonar techniques. I inherited my project from a graduated MS student and my senior thesis was responsible for the previously overlooked role of submerged vegetation and structural complexity on predator prey interactions. I bring a lot of my research experience in to the classroom. My main goal is to teach so that there is understanding and comprehending among the students, and not just memorizing.
I love teaching! I believe that education is the best weapon we can arm ourselves with. I will do my best to teach you the material that you need to know in manner that you will understand and remember beyond a test or a class.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would like to get to know the learning strategies of the student. What helps them remember and understand information?
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Setting achievable goals. Goals that are one step at a time. This is so the student is not discouraged when they do not understand the big concept at first, but is able to build a foundation towards the big picture. It works just like a puzzle.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try teaching it a different way or from a different perspective. Break down the lesson further. Perhaps look at the big idea first and then the smaller concepts to explain it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Read with them. Read small sections at a time. Teach the student to look for key words and concepts.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know the student's learning style, how they like to study, and what helps them remember information long term.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Have the student teach the material to me. Have them draw out concepts and further elaborate on material.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I can adapt by listening to the student. If they do not understand the concept and need to slow down or if they got it from a brief explanation to move on.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbooks and reliable internet sites.