I am entering my junior year at the University of North Florida. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Coastal Biology. After graduating I plan to attend graduate school to obtain a doctorate degree. I hope to one day be a biology professor and lead my own research projects. I ran cross country and track at UNF for two years. In addition to running, I love volleyball, reading, the beach, and exploring cities to discover new coffee shops and cafes.
I tutored students for two years in high school as part of National Honor Society. I have experience tutoring elementary through high school. Most of my background is in math and science. Currently, I am most experienced with middle school math and SAT/ACT tutoring. I hope to add more subjects to my credentials as I further my own education, including Biology and Calculus.
I myself love to learn, and nothing is more exciting than understanding a concept that you were previously struggling with. Education is not only the key to success, it can be a fun and confidence boosting experience. I hope to help students discover how learning can be enjoyable and instill in them a curiosity about the natural world. I have a very laid back teaching style and am willing to tailor my teaching methods to most benefit the students style of learning. However, once the student has a firm grasp on a concept I hope to challenge them and encourage them to practice critical thinking. My goal is to help students not only memorize the material, but to help them make connections to other subjects and apply what they learned to the world.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Florida - Current Undergrad, Coastal Biology
ACT Reading: 33
ACT Science: 34
Running cross country and track, volleyball, reading, the beach, ice cream
High School Chemistry
High School English
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My goal is to not only help students memorize and understand material, but to also assist them in practicing critical thinking and making connections.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Before attending the session I would ask the student exactly what they are struggling with. Once at the session I would take a few minutes to get to know the student so that they feel comfortable, ask about their academic goals, and then ask what material they want to focus on.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
First I would like to help students understand the concepts. Then I will guide them while they practice while slowly decreasing the amount of assistance I provide until they are confidently solving problems on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I will help a student stay motivated by reminding them of their goals and celebrating small victories.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will try different teaching methods to explain the concept and I will utilize outside resources if necessary.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I will teach the student different ways to understand a difficult passage. First we will go back to basics and try to understand the vocabulary. Then we will use methods such as chunking to make the passage seem less intimating and break it down into manageable pieces.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find that open communication is most important when first working with a student. Tutoring is most successful when it is focused on the student's academic goals.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
When I think a student understands the material I will challenge them to use what they learned in a way that encourages critical thinking and problem solving. An example of this is giving them practice problems that require these skills or asking them to teach me the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Being patient and celebrating small victories can help build a student's confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I contact students ahead of time to ask them what they feel like they need to work on the most. At the first session I will also ask the student about their goals and based off of what they said they need help with, I may give them some problems so that I can get a baseline and track their progress.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I ask students and use my own observations to determine how a student learns the best. For example, if a student is a visual learner I may look up some animations on YouTube to help increase their understanding.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session I will likely use whatever material the student uses for school, such as a textbook. I may also bring my own books, and I may use online databases to find practice problems or helpful videos.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Being patient with students who are discouraged is necessary to their success. I would celebrate even small progress and encourage them to keep improving.