I am a junior studying Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University. I tutor my peers through Engineering learning initiatives, do research modeling drug delivery to circulating tumor cells, am president of Cornell Food Recovery Network, and am a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honors fraternity. In my free time I love running, hiking, cooking, and baking!
Undergraduate Degree: Cornell University - Current Undergrad, Mechanical Engineer
What is your teaching philosophy?
A strong conceptual understanding is the key to success and enjoyment in any subject.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
At a first session, I would give a brief introduction of myself and then jump right in. I'd do a few practice problems to gauge the student's level of understanding and then move forward from there.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would ask students probing questions so that they can guide themselves through the thought process and make their own connections.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would provide words of encouragement and point out things that they are doing really well.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to approach the problem from a different perspective, integrating diagrams or pictures to better visualize the problem.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Asking them questions! This helps me gauge where they are at in their level of understanding.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Try to provide real world examples that align with their interests!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would give them problems that require all concepts and see if they can walk through it, and then explain WHY they are using certain processes to solve the problem.