Hello!! My name is Christophe and I am a Graduate Student at University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus. I have been tutoring/teaching for the past 4 to 5 years. I have been a Teacher Assistant for many laboratory classes, have given lectures regarding applied statistics in biology and have helped fellow class mates in various science and math courses. I really enjoy helping friends and students understand concepts they are struggling with. I love to see how student react when finally, the concepts make sense and they can solve more problems with increasing easy even if the questions are more difficulty.
As a current student, I understand the struggles that every student goes through in understanding difficult topics, for I am facing them myself in my own graduate school courses. It is always a relief knowing that someone is always there to help you when you do not understand what's going on. I hope to be that person for you and help you figure out the concepts you have issues with and help you understand them better and deeper.
In my spare time from lab and classes, I enjoy playing tennis, which I have played for 18 years now and in college. I also love performing music, for I have been in a capella groups, orchestras, plays, and jazz bands. With my French heritage, I do enjoy cooking food from scratch and have them for leftovers when I am at school. Being in the Colorado area, I do enjoy to bike, hike and ski in the mountains and explore the wilderness that is all around this area!
Undergraduate Degree: James Madison University - Bachelors, Biotechnology
Graduate Degree: University of Colorado Denver - Masters, Biomedical Science and Biotechnology
Tennis, traveling, speaking French, cooking, movies, musician
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is that students have the answers and understanding of the topic; it is just clouded. My role is to guide them through the clouds. I do not believe in giving answers, for that helps no one. I like to teach by providing 3 different modes (usually auditory, visual, and kinesthetic). This way, hopefully, 1 of the 3 ways will trigger something for the student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to know what a student's interests are. That way, when I am teaching a topic or answering questions, I can possibly answer it in ways and in scenarios that they understand.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Having been through high school, college, and now going through grad school, I know there are different ways to learn independently. I can provide insight in how I have studied during those different times.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I do not believe in luck, I believe in making my own luck, and it was through working hard in classes and meeting professionals and professors that I have achieved all that I have. Motivation to study and work comes in waves, and I hope to show students that hard work and persistence can allow them to create their own luck.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I like to break the concepts into bite-size pieces and tackle the issue one piece at a time. I like to review and ask questions to see if the student is following what I am teaching. Once that has been achieved, go on to the next piece, and finally put all the pieces together and review the whole concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I have struggled with this myself, which I had to master for joining research labs. I will show the techniques I have used and how I dissect texts for exams, papers, etc.