I'm a graduate of CMU with a degree in Physics and Biochemistry with a minor in Mathamatics. I'm a current student at UDM. Academics has been a major focus of my life and I possess a large amount of experience tutoring in all three areas of my degree as well as many diverse introductory level courses . I greatly enjoy this line of work, and have built many strong relations with pupils in the past.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Central Michigan University - Bachelors, Biochemistry, Physics
Graduate Degree: University of Detroit Mercy - Current Grad Student, Doctor of Dental Surgery
ACT Composite: 31
ACT English: 29
ACT Math: 28
ACT Reading: 33
ACT Science: 33
Reading, Gaming, Pharma Research, Running
Anatomy & Physiology
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
AP Physics C: Mechanics
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Physics
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Before anything else, make sure you know how to approach a problem. Knowing test taking skills, and problem set-up skills will help more overall in the long run. After that, make sure the student knows the why and the how of a solution, not just the steps.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know one another, learn the student's preferred learning method, and make sure I will be able to help them with their questions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teach them how to teach themselves, and how to connect questions with concepts from their classes. Additionally, teach the art of setting up a problem so you know what to look for in books.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Reframe the problem, give example problems, and create easier practice problems that still share the core concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Teach them the art of underlining. Underlining key words can allow you to read a sentence, and then re-read the underlined words to extract the core.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Learn how they learn, and play to their strengths. Some students will never retain a lecture, but can make strides with practice problems. Some need to be shown the proper steps first, both visually and audible before they can understand.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Find examples that connect with their interests through interesting/fun practice problems.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Give them a question or problem that we had not already worked through, and see if they can get it correct. Have them explain the concepts that we had covered back to me.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Through slowly escalating questions and problems showing them they can perform in the way expected in their class. Point out when they demonstrate retention in problem solving.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Based on where they are struggling the most, what they want help with, and the subjects they do not feel confident explaining or using.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
As is necessary. Sometimes tutoring requires many practice problems and creativity, sometimes it requires lecturing. Some students want nothing more than someone to proofread their work.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Depending on the subject area: pen and paper, whiteboard, 3D demonstration materials (chem kits), and graphing programs for math.