Teaching is an extremely important responsibility from many different perspectives - as a social role model to the youth of society, as a teacher passing science knowledge to the next generations, and as a scientist keeping up-to-date on important advances in the field, all of which serve to illustrate the characteristics of this career that attracted me to it.
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Undergraduate Degree: University of New Orleans - Associates, Chemistry
Graduate Degree: University of New Orleans - PHD, Material Chemistry
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching is an extremely important responsibility from many different perspectives - as a social role model to the youth of society, as a teacher passing science knowledge to the next generations, and as a scientist keeping up-to-date on important advances in the field - all of which serve to illustrate the characteristics of this career that attracted me to it. In my opinion, an ideal teacher is a one who has a mutual relationship with his students and enjoys learning and exploring in his field as much as encouraging learners toward that field, leading to new discoveries. In my academic career, I have always been very careful to avoid being a passive speaker and to guide students on a path to gain the confidence to conduct research in their courses and avoid looking at homework and exams as a burden to get a passing grade. My goal as a teacher is to make the course material fascinating and understandable for any type of student at any level of interest in that course. As a graduate teaching assistant, I have used a number of methods to clearly convey principles relevant to the chemistry classes I taught. One of the basic and useful methods I used to transfer the knowledge is collaboration, which allows students to actively participate in the learning process by talking with each other and listening to each other's ideas. This way I could establish a personal connection between students and the topic of study.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself. Talk about the course, syllabus, grading policy, exams, homework, my office hours, and safety.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Not to be an answering machine for them; encourage them not only to the final answer but also the reasons that support them, even for the wrong answer; and collaborate together to help each other.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I show relations between chemistry and examples in life, using computer software, tool kits, etc.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I have a special schedule for them, which is basically more practice compared to others and more exams.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I use collaboration. I ask them to study before each session and quiz before every session.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Introduce more references, or explain if there is an application for that subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Quizzes before class and homework.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I use quizzes, study before class, homework, exams, and collaboration of students.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Students need a knowledgeable teacher who is updated, knows the subject, helps them with the course and to solve the problems, and can introduce them to better study methods.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
It depends on the level of the student and what they need.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use books, computer, PowerPoint slides, models, and video.