I am enthusiastic about biomedical research and have spent my whole academic career immersed in the subject matter.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Dixie State College of Utah - Bachelors, Biology, General
Translational medicine, personalized medicine, sports, art galleries, plays, museums, and the outdoors
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in making the learning process something that becomes fun and engaging. As someone who has sat through many classes through my academic career, I have learned what it takes to excel in a subject. I am committed to helping students become top-tier learners. Through learning strategies and making connections with other learned concepts, I hope to help students not only achieve the desired grade but develop knowledge that they are able to recall for years to come.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A first session would include reviewing where the student's understanding of subject matter are and also assessing study habits. Having struggled with many of the same concepts as most students, I can recognize and help students not only understand, but master these fundamental principles.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My approach mirrors how I study. Establishing effective, focused study time and learning strategies will enable the student to master test-taking strategies, prepare for exams, and help them access their knowledge of a concept.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Some subjects can get technical, period. Breaking things down into their base components, discussing the importance of each portion, and using repetition, the student will not only learn the skill or concept, but master it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is contingent on interest and understanding. The strategies I employ focus on speed and mapping the passage to find the tone, key points, and listing of facts. With practice, you will be amazed what you can remember and comprehend from a passage which used to take you four times as long to read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I am all about making the concept as easy and familiar to the student as possible. This means putting the subject into terms with which they are familiar.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Application of the subject in the real-world and understanding potential are great motivators. I may also ask the student to attend community events and talks to spark interests and curiosities in that "boring" subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I employ the EDGE method. Explaining the material, demonstrating how to work the problem, guiding the student through a hands-on demonstration, and then evaluating the student's understanding by letting the student work the problem by themselves.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence comes from performance and positive reinforcement. The student will demonstrate they can understand or work the problem to me without help. I know how hard it can be sometimes; being optimistic, I will help the student see the progress they will make, while putting it all in perspective.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I will evaluate needs by observing the student's performance and comprehension. With this strategy, I can begin to help the student see the holes in their understanding, aid them in filling the knowledge gaps, and then enable them to make links with other understood material.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Everyone learns a little different. To understand how someone learns, I would have the student vocally walk me through their thought process to solving a problem or explaining a concept we are working. Understanding their mindset, I can then adapt my style of teaching to accelerate the learning process.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I would use copious visual aids, diagrams, and videos.