I graduated from high school in 2015 and am currently attending Vanderbilt University for a Chemical Engineering degree with a minor in Biological Sciences. I love all math and science, but my favorite subjects include Chemistry, Calculus, Trigonometry, and Economics. I also love listening to and creating music, fishing, reading, computer games, the Oxford comma, discovering other INTJs, and anything that involves cats.
I was hired by Varsity Tutors in May of 2016. Before working for Varsity Tutors, I have had informal experience in high school tutoring peers and younger students in mostly math and science. I also tutored ACT prep, and helped a peer raise her composite score 3 points. I like to emphasize understanding concepts rather than simple memorization because memorization does not promote a clear understanding of class material or strengthen critical thinking skills. I firmly believe knowing concepts allows students to expand their problem solving skills into unknown territory and allows them to better address unfamiliar questions and problem sets.
I recognize that not all students learn best through the same teaching methods. I like to try multiple ways of teaching styles until I find something that works for the student. I will put a lot of stress on fundamental material, why a subject's foundations exist, interpreting the information in practice problems, and lastly, applying fundamental material in practice problems or real world situations. Ultimately, I absolutely love helping a student reach his or her full potential!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Vanderbilt University - Current Undergrad, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
ACT Composite: 35
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 35
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 36
Reading, fishing, science, music, cats.
10th Grade Math
10th Grade Reading
11th Grade Math
11th Grade Reading
Elementary School Math
High School Biology
High School Business
High School Chemistry
High School Physics
Middle School Science
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I value concepts over memorization. One truly can only fully understand a subject if one knows the "why" behind it.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Address what the student feels he or she is struggling on most. I would have practice problems prepared, depending on the student's needs, to work through together.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would help them pick out the main ideas and important information in paragraphs, and explain how to strategize and come to such conclusions.