I am available to help you with any questions you may have about science, especially Chemistry. I have been a Science Teacher for over 10 years, and I will do my best to help you with your science subjects. Science is a very unique topic which can be fun yet frustrating if you do not understand the concepts. I am willing to help you with any questions you have pertaining to your areas of confusion in science. I look forward to working with you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Montana State University - Bachelors, Chemistry
Graduate Degree: Rocky Mountain College - Masters, Educational Leadership
I like pets, watching movies, walking, being outdoors.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I care about students' well-being, both in and out of the classroom. I believe in closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in our global society. You CAN learn! I would like to help you achieve your dreams.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would build relationship and trust by finding out more about the student and providing information about myself. I would find out how best the student learns. I like to use methods that are more hands-on learning. I use websites that promote learning. It must be a comfortable situation for both student and tutor.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is important that the student owns his/her learning. Once the student feels comfortable with the material, I would encourage him/her to teach me the concept. That is when the student knows the material the best.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By talking to the student and finding out what methods work for him/her. I would also talk to the student about what their goals are. Goals are motivators.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Repetition can be helpful. Or references to a website. Communicating is the best way to know if a student is learning. Immediate feedback is important.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would encourage the student to read the text to me and do annotating to help the student understand the text.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Every student has their own learning style. I would visit with the student to see what motivates him/her. There are several strategies, such as hands-on learning, that can be helpful.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
First of all, if a student is struggling, the topic may not interest him/her. At least not how it may be presented. Getting a student to look at the concept in different ways can be helpful.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Reading text, doing exercises from resources, hands-on activities, and website activities.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I reassure the student that he/she is capable of the material. The student needs to understand that it takes effort and hard work. I can be encouraging.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By looking at scores from testing or homework.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am friendly and encouraging. I am approachable, and strive to instill within a student that the capability is there. The student has to believe that he/she can achieve the goals set for himself/herself.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The Internet, book, notes, and manipulatives.