I have been tutoring students since my freshman year in high school. I have tutored students in everything from addition to calculus 2 to higher level chemistry, and I love every second of it! My favorite part of tutoring is that "Ah ha!" moment when the student finally grasps that concept that was bugging them for the longest time, and I will always strive to get that moment. I like to use graphs and charts in my explanations, as I am a visual learner myself. However, I am open to explain concepts in multiple ways because everybody does learn differently. Admittedly, I love rock music from the 80's and I have been told that I move around quite a bit. So I'm warning you now, I may suddenly start humming that song that is stuck in my head or start pacing around while explaining something, but if it bothers you then please just tell me to calm down. I am committed to making my students feel comfortable and confident in the subjects that they previously struggled in, all while keeping a relaxed and happy environment.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Current Undergrad, Chemical Engineering
ACT Composite: 36
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 36
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 36
SAT Composite: 2220
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 680
SAT Writing: 740
AP Chemistry: 5
AP Calculus AB: 5
AP Calculus BC: 5
AP Physics C: Mechanics: 5
AP English Literature: 4
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800
SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 750
SAT Subject Test in Physics: 780
Playing instruments (trumpet/keyboard); listening to music; reading; hiking
High School Chemistry
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I live by the idea that students need to understand why a process works in order to truly be able to apply that process.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I will try to familiarize myself with the student. I will get to know them, and allow them to get to know me. Jumping right into work is less effective when both you and the student know little about each other.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help student become more independent by having them explain a concept to me that I previously explained to them. By putting the student in the role of the tutor, I am making sure they can think for themselves and independently create their own ideas.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Words of encouragement are always effective at keeping students motivated. Also, keeping an overall positive and excited attitude towards the topics at hand generally keeps the student motivated as well.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is struggling with a concept, I would try to explain it in multiple different ways. I am a visual teacher, so I like to draw charts and graphs, as well as make analogies and try to focus on visualization. If that isn't working, however, I will happily try to do more of a lecture-based approach or create some sort of game out of the course material. Everybody learns differently, and I will try to find the way that works best for an individual student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
My focus is more on mathematics and science, but there are certainly word problems in those subject areas that are confusing and difficult to understand. To help my students' understanding, I would tell them to focus on the important details in the sentence, the ones that are pertinent to finding a solution to the problem. Nobody cares what color Sally's hair was, all that matters is how many apples she ate.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Telling a joke and adorning a smile is the most effective way to start work with a student. I've noticed that students are less responsive to impersonal and strict tutors, and will be much more versatile and invested in their work if their tutor is relaxed and welcoming.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I like to tell my students random and stellar facts regarding the course material at hand, even if it isn't entirely on topic. Showing the students the purpose of what they're learning or showing them the cool derivation of that formula that they are working with generally seems to get the student excited about the subject at hand.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To make sure a student understands the work, I would have them explain the concept to me. If they are able to explain it in a way that is both correct and easy for them to understand, then I will know that they understand the material. Also, if the student seems to be getting most of the practice problems that I give them correct, then they more than likely understand the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Words of encouragement are very effective at building a student's confidence. Even if they are struggling with understanding a concept, as long as you make sure that they are comfortable and they feel that they are making progress, then the student will begin to be more confident.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Evaluating a student's needs is probably the hardest part of tutoring, because students themselves don't always know what they struggle in. What I like to do to evaluate them is ask them broad questions in the subject areas they struggle in. For instance, if they struggle in fractions, I would give them questions from addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and reduction with fractions. By having a broad range of questions, I will be able to assess where they struggle the most.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I ask questions. After I explain something, I will always ask my student if they understand. A lot of the time, the student will say yes because they don't want to be a burden, but if I sense that they still don't understand fully, I will keep asking them if they really, truly understand. And if they don't, then I will try to explain the concept in a different way.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I always use a pencil and paper to draw diagrams and charts. I will often use a whiteboard as well, because of its versatility. If need be, I will use a calculator, ruler, or online practice questions.