My love of teaching stems from working with my brothers who are six and twelve years younger than me with their homework early on in my childhood. I am currently an engineer and work managing large capital projects. I graduate from Purdue University in 2014 with dual degrees in biological engineering and biochemistry. In school I was a teaching assistant for Introduction to Thermodynamics as well as a lab class where students isolated mycobateriophages. Besides teaching, my passion is in genetics and encouraging girls and women like myself in the STEM industries (science, technology, engineering, and math). Because of my technical background, I am looking for students who need help with algebra, algebra 2, and general science in high school. I also have strengths in genetics, thermodynamics, and lab-based cell biology classes in college.
Purdue University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Biological Engineering/Biochemistry
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to work with a student and exhibit patience, encouragement, and the ability to listen to the student when they are frustrated. I want to understand where the root misunderstanding is and work from there to understand the material.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I will work with the student to determine what their hobbies and extra curricular activities are (this is used later to relate material to real life examples). I will then ask for the reasons why the student asked for help through tutoring as well as what their goal is. I then set down expectations for each session. We will then do some example problems to determine where the student is at in the curriculum.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learning comes from being able to analyze a problem or question on one’s own. I teach this through guiding students through each question and slowly letting them work through it on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Relating the material to something the student is interested in helps bring in real life examples that motivate students. If a student is really frustrated, it is important to take a break from the material and understand why they are frustrated. Sometimes just allowing a student to vent their frustrations is all that is needed to become focused on the task at hand again.