I am an adjunct professor of biology at tidewater community college and a research assistant at Eastern a Virginia Medical School. I currently teach bio 101 and Anatomy/physiology, and study cardiac hypertrophy and Alzheimer's disease, and am very interested in neuroscience.
I was a peer tutor in chemistry and biology at my undergrad for 2 years, tutored in graduate school, and am a professor at Tidewater Community College, so I am an experienced teacher and tutor. I love to help people understand the subjects that I am so passionate about. I understand that science isn't everyone's strength, and I like to place it in context of the interests of my students. I'm very hands-on, and like to change my tutoring style to fit the learning style of the person I am tutoring. Because of my science background, I am also very comfortable with algebra; I feel that it is the basis of all other math and many sciences.
In my free time, I like to go outdoors and enjoy the sunshine, and all of the hobbies that go along with it, like hiking. I love watersports, such as kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding, and I also enjoy soccer, lacrosse, basketball, and football. As much as I enjoy the outdoors, I also like to play videogames, cook, and get caught up on my favorite Netflix shows.
I'm excited to start tutoring new students and spread my passion for my subjects!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Mary Washington - Bachelors, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Eastern Virginia Medical School - Current Grad Student, Biomedical Research Sciences
SAT Verbal: 720
medicine, reading, lacrosse, nature, science, soccer, cooking, water sports, hiking, research,
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to be hands-on in teaching. I believe everyone can learn new things as long as they want to, and it's up to me to convey that new information in a way that is understandable and relevant to the context of the student's life.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Typically, I like to get an understanding of their understanding and their goals. What do they want out of tutoring? How much time are they willing to dedicate to master this new skill? Depending on the age and subject, I may give an initial assessment. I also like to ask them a few questions to get an idea of outside resources I can use to help them succeed, like practice problems referencing a sport they plan or concepts explained as a metaphor in their line of work.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I like to have students explain concepts to me in their own words, and I like to make them work out application problems on their own after we have discussed a topic before I go through them step by step. I find that it gives them confidence that they can do it on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I like to give a lot of positive reinforcement, to students of all ages. In younger students, I LOVE giving stickers for mastery of new concepts. In older students, usually high fives and verbal reinforcement is great, with the occasional cookies or coffee.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I like to show them the concept in a variety of ways, or try to place it in context of their interests and hobbies. I love using YouTube videos to elucidate difficult concepts, and find that if I show it in enough different ways, at least one will stick.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Repetition is key. Working through problems step by step, which using context clues, or giving them real life situations to work with.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First discovering their learning style, and then determining if they are having conceptual, memorization, or study issues-or a combination of the three. Tailoring my tutoring style to their learning style is extremely helpful.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Taking breaks, providing reinforcement, showing them how it applies to real life or how it dictates their hobbies. Giving them application for the subject in regards to their interests is key, as well as keeping them moving and motivated to learn. Generally, if I stay excited about a subject, they will also.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to have students repeat the information back to me in their own words, explaining the topic to me as if I knew nothing about it and asking them questions. I also like to have them complete application problems in order to prove their mastery.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I give a lot of positive reinforcement, and like to have them explain things to me so that I can show them that they really do know a lot about the subject. I find the reinforcement from outside helps them to have the "hey, I know this!" moment.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I like to constantly check in with my students to make sure that what I'm doing is helping their understanding. I constantly remind them that this session is for them, and try to vary my methods to find the one that bests helps my student's understanding, whether it be visual, kinetic, auditory, or some other learning style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to use the student's textbooks, workbooks, and lecture notes to ensure that my tutoring is lining up with the objectives the teacher wants to hit. I also use online resources such as YouTube, and often write my students practice tests and practice problems.