I am currently a student at University of Pittsburgh and am working towards a Biochemistry major, Chemistry minor, and Concentration in Digital Arts. I hope to have a future in the medical field as a pediatrician.
I enjoy working with kids, teaching them, and showing them that they are smarter than they think they are. I want to tutor so I can help teach the next generation and make sure that they gain a quality education.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus - Current Undergrad, Biochemistry
ACT Composite: 35
ACT English: 36
ACT Math: 33
ACT Reading: 34
ACT Science: 35
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1510
SAT Math: 720
SAT Verbal: 700
SAT Writing: 770
AP Biology: 4
AP Calculus AB: 5
AP Statistics: 5
AP English Language: 5
AP US History: 4
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 710
SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 740
AP Psychology: 5
AP U.S. Government & Politics: 4
Drawing digital & traditional art, Reading
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every kid can learn a topic. It doesn't have to be your favorite and it might take a lot of time and confusion, but you can learn anything you put your mind to, and I hope to show this idea to all the kids I tutor.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know the student by asking them what they like to do as a hobby and what they struggle with at school. In addition, I would see what general questions they have about the topic they are having trouble with and I will try to work on those first.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would do this by helping the student with their questions on a certain topic first, and then ask a question that will help the student apply the information. I would also give a few problems do be done outside of tutoring for the student to refresh the information and to help them independently think about the answer.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would always give positive criticism when it is due and never fault a student for getting a question wrong. The best policy to help a student stay motivated is to help the student through an obstacle when needed and to always compliment them when they get through a problem without your help.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Asking them to explain what they understand first helps me understand where they might be getting the information wrong and/or confused. This helps me target my teaching to help them through this confusion and correct their information.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to find ways to make the information related to the student so that the student can make a personal connection. By making it personally connected to the student, the student can become actively engaged in learning the information.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically use paper and pen to help draw the information out, since looking at things visually makes it easier to connect the dots between seemingly independent pieces of information.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
If students are struggling with reading comprehension, I would start out with a piece of reading that is more basic and we would go over each word and try to explain each word separately. I would then help the student put all the words and their meanings together to produce an understanding of what the sentence is describing.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would build a student's confidence by congratulating and complimenting them when they get a problem right or got over an obstacle with no to little help. If they are struggling, which often decreases a student's confidence, I would show them what things they did right and how to fix their mistakes.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I see where the student is struggling with learning a topic, and I try to find out why they may be struggling with his topic. The reason for a student's struggle can come from many areas, such as a confusion when learning the information originally in class.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If one technique that I used for one student doesn't work for another student, then I will ask them how they think they learn best and try to teach them in that way. Each student is unique and learns in different ways, so I would custom adapt my tutoring styles for each of my students.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to get the student to a baseline understanding of the topic before the tutoring session is over. After the tutoring session is over, I will write out notes that I can send to the student for them to look at and formulate questions about. Then, for the next tutoring session, I would tackle those questions first to help clear any confusion regarding the topic so the student can eventually have an advanced understanding of the topic.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would be sure to ask students small questions in between teaching them a topic just to make sure that they understood the information that was just taught. I would then ask them to put the information in their words, since saying it out loud helps the student make the connections between all the information.