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Caroline

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I am currently finishing up my sophomore year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). I am majoring in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and minoring in Computer Science. My goal for the future is to earn a PhD in Computational Genetics and spend my life researching the genetic basis of diseases. In fact I am currently in a research lab on campus and I am developing a computational model of cancer to better understand how it works. I have also spent my summer at the Jackson Laboratory in Maine researching the genetic basis of migraines.

I am a HUGE fan of science! I spend my morning reading articles about new scientific discoveries and laughing at silly science jokes. In my free time, I love to play video games including Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros, and Tomb Raider (just to name a few).

I am also a big follower of sports. I am a die-hard Redskins, Capitals, and Nationals fan because I originally lived right outside DC. Also, I love to play sports in my free time. I play forward with the UMBC Club Soccer team and I love to do CrossFit at my local box.

If I had to describe myself with one word: PASSIONATE!

Caroline’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland-Baltimore County - Bachelors, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Test Scores

ACT English: 31

ACT Math: 31

ACT Science: 34

Hobbies

Video Games, CrossFit, Soccer

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

Biology

C++

Cell Biology

College Algebra

College Biology

High School Biology

Math

Middle School Math

Pre-Algebra

Python

Science

Technology and Computer Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe the best way for a student to learn is through self-exploration. Nothing is more rewarding than figuring out a problem yourself. In terms of tutoring, I believe that a tutor should facilitate a student's problem solving and help when they get stuck. Also the best way to gauge comprehension is to ask the student to teach ME the material. If they can do that, they will certainly succeed!

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

During the first session, it is critical to know the student. My plan is gauge how the student learns and tutor based around their learning style. For example, if a student is more of a visual learner, I will bring utilize visuals to assist the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

My job as a tutor isn't just to teach the material, but also teach valuable study skills that the student can use forever. The best way for a student to become an independent learner is self-structure and resilience. First, it is important that a student can set goals and follow through with their goals. Additionally, bouncing back from mistakes and learning from them is also an essential skill toward independent learning. As a tutor, I hope to teach these skills so my students can grow into independent learners.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Constant encouragement is key. When a student feels accomplished about their efforts, a student will remain motivated. I will help a student stay motivated by acknowledging their achievements while supporting them if they struggle. As long as they give an effort, they will succeed.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I totally understand what it is like when a student becomes frustrated; it happens to everyone. Based on personal experience, the best way to help a student is to give them confidence. Sometimes just by reminding them "You can do this!" and encouraging them with a smile will give the student motivation to figure it all out.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Reading through a complicated passage can be quite a frustrating task. The best way to help a student is to break the passage or question down to smaller chunks. I would help the student comprehend the parts piece by piece and they put it together as a whole when finished. Also I would ask the student to summarize the passage in order to reiterate their understanding.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

One of the strategies that I have found most helpful for students is to tailor my teaching style to them. Again if they are more of an audio learner, I would use more verbal cues and questions with the student. However, if the student is more of a kinetic learner, I would have them actually do a practice problem and show me how they did it. Another useful strategy is to have the student teach me (or anyone) a certain concept. It has been proven that concept comprehension is best shown when a student can teach a complicated topic to anyone!