I am a recent graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in BioMedical Science with a focus in Organic Chemistry. I am working on applying to medical school for the Fall of 2017, in hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon. While being premed major I also played football through the university and was a full time student athlete at the NCAA Division 1 level. While attending Southeast Missouri I was also a tutor on campus through the university, helping students in courses like; Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Biology, and Physiology.
I have a level 2 CRLA certification for tutoring with more than 24 hours of total training, and over 250 total hours of tutoring through Southeast Missouri State University. I love helping individuals achieve their educational goals, and love seeing the joy in my students when they succeed.
I look forward to meeting you, and working as a team to achieve your educational goals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Southeast Missouri State University - Bachelors, Biomedical Science
Fishing, Camping, Walking my two Dogs (Golden Retriever, and Miniature Daschund) Hiking, and Painting
MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that every student deserves an adequate and positive learning experience. We can tackle and conquer complex and tricky science related concepts together, and result in a greater knowledge and understanding of biology and chemistry.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would become familiar with the student and create an initial positive learning atmosphere that leads to success.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help the student further understand the underlying scientific concepts to promote personal critical thinking and reasoning skills in such subjects.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Continue to preach and promote a positive learning environment that involves praise and accomplishment.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Take a step back, re-teach and re-evaluate the underlying concept in order to ensure that the student really grasps the information.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help students with reading comprehension by slowing down the process, and breaking down the larger concept into smaller and more understandable concepts. (Divide and Conquer).
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
First being able to acknowledge the individuals learning style, in order to prepare for a successful and efficient teaching/ tutoring session.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would lighten the mood, and make the learning more interactive and entertaining. This would allow the student to become excited to learn.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I frequently ask my students questions pertaining to the material at hand to make sure they are fully understanding what is being taught. These keep the student involved, constantly thinking, and on their toes.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Promoting a positive and exciting teaching/ learning environment. Instilling confidence that the student can succeed with scientific material.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate the student’s needs by asking many questions, and further getting to know the student as an individual.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring style to the student’s needs by acknowledging their learning style, and determining where the student’s current understanding is in each subject.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically use a whiteboard, and textbooks.