Hello! My name is Connor and I am a recent graduate from East Carolina University with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. After graduation I moved to Raleigh, NC and obtained a job at the Duke Human Vaccination Institute. At Duke I run our sequencing core and conduct HIV/AIDS research. I am proficient in many areas of science and math. I look forward to hearing from you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: East Carolina University - Bachelors, Biology, General
Surfing, playing guitar and banjo, hiking, hammocking, and reading!
Q & A
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Especially in Science, I believe organization is key - whether in note taking, solving problems, or taking an exam. Promoting good organizational skills will help students relate formulas, units, and major concepts.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To make sure a student understands the material, I like to let students try practice problems on their own. This provides me with any areas they can improve on and allows me to see where they are at. Once they grasp a topic, I like to see them try and teach me everything they know about it as if I am the tutee. Teaching someone something is the best way to reinforce a topic!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
After grasping a subject, I think it is good to have them try harder problems. If a student can complete a harder problem, their confidence will soar. When faced with easier problems on exams, they will be confident and excel!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by diagnosing where a student is struggling with a problem. Sometimes, it's as simple as not comprehending something in an earlier lesson so they are not able to move forward. Oftentimes, students make science and math problems harder than they need to be, and they already know the answer!
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I am pretty old fashioned and like to use pen and paper. This way I can give the student notes after each session. I bring an electronic device to show videos and bring up figures to reference during our session!
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student can excel in a subject. People comprehend material in different ways, and it is just a matter of finding out how someone learns. I think learning should be a fun stress free environment!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I think it is important to get to know the student. This way they will feel comfortable opening up and asking questions. I also like to get a baseline of where the student is at so we make the most of each other’s time!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learning can be brought about by learning how to self-reflect. I think students can learn how to gauge where their strengths and weaknesses are. We often spend time focusing on our strengths and shying away from material that is hard.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If a student has difficulty learning a concept, I will present it in different ways. Oftentimes, seeing material from a different angle will help the student grasp the concept. I also believe that sometimes a more advanced problem can be solved by first reinforcing the easier topics to make it easier!
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Although science and math are not the most fun subjects for some, I think they can be made fun. Science problems can be written various ways to promote excitement. For example, if a client is a big football fan, we can tailor the questions to relate to this topic!