I've always had a passion for learning and a drive to excel, and I hope to foster that in students as well. I believe that anyone can succeed if they're given the opportunity and support necessary to do so.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rochester Institute of Technology - Current Undergrad, Game Design and Development
SAT Composite: 2240
SAT Math: 760
SAT Verbal: 750
SAT Writing: 730
Writing, musical composition, exercise, tabletop games
Computer Game Design
High School English
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I focus not just on showing students how to do something, but on working alongside them step by step so that they can build a deeper understanding of the problem-solving process.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Start by directly working through problems and concepts with them, and then start posing questions and challenges that demand more independent work. If the student has trouble, ask them questions to test them on their understanding and, without explicitly saying what they need to do, lead them towards the correct answer.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Failure can be disheartening, so it's important to remind the student that they don't have to be perfect but, if they keep working hard and exploring different approaches to study, they CAN improve. Recognition and appreciation for the successes they do achieve are just as important, as this reminds them that their efforts aren't being wasted.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Start off with common strategies they can use - "blocking" text into chunks, picking out important parts of the selection when skimming, and finding a note-taking process that works for them. If these aren't enough, talk to them to work out the specific problems they're having, and work together to find a more specific, personal solution.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try to figure out if there's a specific stumbling block for them. If we can't identify one, it's possible that the process as a whole is still unclear to them; make sure to break it down into every major step, explaining why and how each one comes into play, and walk them through some examples.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
The best starting point is to ask! While students may not know the exact details of where they're having trouble, they should at least know the general problem area.