I first tutored at BYU in the Physics Tutorial Lab, and I absolutely loved it. Helping people understand the concepts and have it really click for them was immensely satisfying. You can just see that light in their eyes turn on, and bam! They get it. Those kind of experiences led to my decision to make teaching an integral part of my career.
I just recently graduate from BYU with a Bachelor's in Physics and will start graduate school in the fall, with the eventual goal of teaching physics in a college setting.
Beyond the world of teaching, I love volleyball and the outdoors. Hiking, camping, backpacking, being outside energizes my soul. Volleyball is my sport, and I love teaching the basics to people, but I enjoy practically all sports, despite my pitiable attempts at soccer. Playing guitar, listening to music, and reading books also brighten my life.
Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University - Bachelors, Physics
ACT Composite: 35
Volleyball, music, singing, reading, guitar, hiking, sports
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe strongly that asking questions is important to learning. Teachers are most effective when they care enough to understand where the student is.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, I will be sure I understand what the student needs help with. Typically, I will also ask questions and work on a couple of examples with the student to gauge the student's understanding.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learning happens when the student understands the fundamental principles underlying the concepts and problems. Once they have a solid base, independent learning occurs much more easily.