I'm a graduate of Stetson University with a Bachelor's degree in biochemistry and spent three years pursuing a chemistry PhD from the University of Central Florida. While in the PhD program, I spent a lot of time teaching and tutoring chemistry, along with math and physics, and that experience allowed me to realize that teaching, more so than academic research, was my calling in life. My favorite subjects to teach are chemistry, physics, biology, and algebra, because these are the subjects I understand best, because I believe understanding them can help you to make it through any academic pathway you choose to follow, because they have useful everyday applications, and because I feel that they can have a profound impact on someone's worldview. I believe that people benefit from learning as much about the world as they can, and that, when exposed to the right teaching method, anyone can learn anything. I personally feel that asking students questions to guide them to discover the answers on their own is one of the strongest methods of education, but I'm adaptive and I do my best to discover my students' particular learning styles If I'm not in the company of good friends, I like to spend time drawing, building, or otherwise being creative.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Stetson University - Bachelors, Biochemistry
SAT Math: 720
GRE Quantitative: 164
GRE Verbal: 162
3D art and animation, basic programming, electronic circuit design and fabrication.
High School Chemistry
High School Physics
Mac Basic Computer Skills
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
Using visual aids or interesting examples of the topic at hand is a great way to catch a student's interest. Helping a student to reach a conclusion using their abilities alone is fantastic for boosting confidence and willingness to engage the content.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'd first ask a student if they felt there were any areas in particular that were giving them trouble, and then ask some follow up example questions to gauge their understanding of that topic and related/underlying concepts. I'd also ask if the student had any problems they would like to work through, as it gives me a clear idea of what concepts they're currently going over and gives me ample opportunities to ask about what they are doing and why.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I focus on teaching, learning, and problem-solving strategies rather than just memorization of content. I ask important questions about how and why a problem works the way it does, in the hopes that a student will internalize those questions and be able to guide themselves through the learning process later on.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Giving constant positive feedback, especially when the student is only part way to the correct solution, is a great way to boost morale. It's also important to relate content to a student's interests, and whenever this can't be done, at least try to show them how what they're learning can apply to something fascinating or cool.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I'd come up with analogies to relate the skill or concept to something they have already mastered. By comparing and contrasting the new material with something they've already mastered, they'll be able to approach the problem with more confidence.