I graduated from BYU with a bachelor's in geology, a minor in music, and a secondary education teaching license.
I love the physical sciences! When I go on vacations, a big part of my excitement is looking at the geology and the processes that formed the beautiful Earth we live on.
While at BYU, I joined a volunteer tutoring service and was the program director. I love the one-on-one interaction with others and seeing the 'light bulb' turn on!
During the past three years, I've taught 7th-grade science, 8th-grade science, and earth science using research-proven techniques. My students scored higher than Utah's state exam averages.
Music is amazing and I can't imagine life without it. I've played the violin for fourteen years and the piano for eight years.
My hobbies include reading, photography, writing, riding my bike, and playing some video games such as Kingdom Hearts and Pokemon.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University - Bachelors, Geology
ACT Math: 31
Apart from my love of the physical sciences, my hobbies include reading, photography, writing, riding my bike, and playing some video games such as Kingdom Hearts and Pokemon.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
After introductions, we would set SMART goals for our overall tutoring experience and for the first session. We would then begin reviewing the material using research proven techniques. At the end of the session, we would review our goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
One technique I use is the "I/We/You." First, I model something. Second, the student and I do it together. Lastly, the student does it on his/her own.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Determine where the difficulty lies for the student through discussion of the material and steps. Sometimes, the difficulty has to do with incorrect preconceived ideas. Other times, it's the loss of a key concept or connecting idea. Only through discussion will I be able to help the student.
What is your teaching philosophy?
With enough effort, anyone can succeed.