I am a teacher with the passion of educating the next generation of minds. I am in my senior year studying biology and will be attending medical school next fall. Two years of tutoring at my university's tutoring center and working with private clients has made me qualified to teach a variety of subjects. I am uniquely qualified to be a tutor because I am still a student. I have taken many of the courses I tutor in recently and am up to date with the new online platforms and tools that schools are requiring students to use. My hobbies are anything outdoors- biking, running, swimming, surfing, etc.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Nova Southeastern University - Current Undergrad, Biology, General
ACT Composite: 30
My hobbies are anything outdoors- biking, running, swimming, surfing, etc.
Anatomy & Physiology
CLEP College Composition
College Application Essays
MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning is a lifelong process, and so is teaching. I learn an enormous amount from students by approaching problems from their perspective. Everyone understands things differently, so using an individual approach to teaching is one of the techniques that has brought success to my tutoring sessions.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, it is important to get to know the students and speak openly about their strengths and opportunities for improvement. It is also important to set expectations to ensure a successful tutoring experience.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I encourage students to seek out alternative resources on difficult subjects. Listening to various explanations often allows students to develop a stronger understanding of topics and eliminate any confusion. For independent learning, motivation is key. Take time to read the textbook, watch videos online, and view sample problems.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Students remain motivated when they find topics interesting or relatable. When you apply principles learned in the classroom to real-world examples, the content comes to life. Students often "burnout" when they memorize "useless" facts. Put these facts into meaningful context, and learning becomes much easier.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
There are lots of strategies to help students improve reading comprehension. My favorite technique to improve reading comprehension is to have students summarize what they have read in their own words as they read. Summarizing ensures that students are actively reading. Finding ways to relate the content to the student will also help with comprehension. End of chapter review questions can also help check if a student fully understands the material.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Before I begin working with a student, I contact them for an introduction and ask them what specific areas/topics they are needing help in. It is important that I know what areas they need help in so that we can be prepared for sessions and make the most use of our time together. During the first session, I like to make introductions, set expectations, and discuss the student's goals and desires for their academic future.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Students who struggle to become excited about learning often fail to see the bigger picture. By taking a step back, subjects can become exciting by providing content. Students want to know why what they are learning is important.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I know that a student fully understands the material when he/she is able to teach it back to me. If the student can teach back, they must have a pretty good understanding of the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Practicing builds confidence. I tutor for a lot of students who tend to suffer from test anxiety. In order to gain confidence with anything in life, you must practice. I make sure that my students practice not only during out sessions, but also extensively on their own in order to build confidence.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student has their own unique style of learning. I normally can identify a student's learning style within the first session. Some students want to see examples first, while other tend to dive in and ask for help if they get stuck. Some students need to see examples, while others are better with verbal explanations. I adapt to the unique learning style of the student so that their needs can be met.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I always encourage students to use their class notes and textbooks before seeking other materials. Teachers often have a specific directions that can be lost if you don't take a look at the class notes. Once the student is able to understand the materials provided to them by the professor, I like to supplement more practice problems, videos, or real-life applications so that the material can become unique and personal to the student.