I am a recent graduate of UW-Madison. I was born in Nigeria and raised in England. I am currently in graduate school working on my masters in public health. I have found that teaching itself is an excellent way of learning. And my life will be dedicated to constantly learning. I informally tutored in freshman chemistry in college and have worked with a lot of peer-study groups.
Outside of school, I religiously watch soccer and follow the english league. I enjoy a good book and I'm constantly looking to add to the hundreds of unread books currently in my library. My favourite book is "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. I also minored in classics so I can read any classic epic over and over.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: UW-Madison - Bachelors, Biology, General
Soccer, Baking, Reading
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Physics
High School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
An icebreaker challenge including name, age, where they're from and what they consider the greatest day of their life.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would offer up my own experiences from high school and college and encourage them to seek out things that were similar in motivating me to pursue lifelong learning with medical school. I'd also share things that have interested me and perhaps might interest them too.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Work with them to create a healthy mental environment. Ensure students are not stressed and distracted, and that they are taking needed breaks and exploring alternate viewpoints of the subjects they are learning. Once these are established, most students are motivated and will stay on track.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Devise another method to teach them the concept. Oftentimes there are several ways to teach a subject. Otherwise I would change my style of teaching depending on the student; this could be a more lecture style or a comfortable style.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I'd encourage them to read as much as they can, as often as they can. Not just books, but signs and magazines they pick up in their daily lives. If this is not helping, I would then explore an alternative method.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Making sure the student is comfortable by getting to know them, and thus they are more willing to learn. I would ask about the student and what learning styles they have found successful in the past.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Make a game or a more relaxed teaching style out of the subject.