I'm currently a Junior at Wayne State University in their Computer Science Program. I have two pups that are at the center of my life right now: Loki (a Siberian Husky) and Flynn (a Pitbull/Sheepdog mix). I love teaching others all that I can, but sometimes distance and time becomes a problem. So being able to teach others while still being around my babies is something that is a big plus for me!
Learning is something that never truly ends and I strive every day to learn something new. This drive for knowledge is what helps me teach others because I want other people to share the love for knowledge with me. The more you know, the more you can teach. The more you're driven to learn, the better you become at teaching. This is what my experiences has led me to believe.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wayne State University - Current Undergrad, Computer Science
Sports, outdoors, hunting, drawing, and of course: video games.
High School Computer Science
High School English
High School Writing
Mac Basic Computer Skills
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning involves having interactions between the teacher and student about the material and what it actually means. Dissecting the material is really important, and on top of this, it's pertinent that a teacher understands many different angles of whatever specific subject they're teaching. You have to be able to teach from all different viewpoints since the same example will not work for every student. I want my students to understand that it's okay to not understand. I've been there, and through my experience with different professors; I've learned what works and what doesn't work. My goal is to take whatever you want to learn and simplify it so that it's actually a blast to learn. As part of this process, I'll need to know what works and doesn't work for you so I can avoid it and find different angles that work much better for you. A personalized learning experience is something that is extremely valuable in this world, since it allows for all the content to be shifted and taught in whatever way works best for the student. I support active learning. I will be asking questions and throwing cues towards my students in order to get them to contribute during the sessions. I don't want to be the only one talking during the sessions because that does not make for a dynamic learning experience. One method I usually employ involves quick quizzes on what was covered a little while ago. This is how the spaced repetition system works. If there are parts that you do not understand, then they will show up more frequently and those you do understand will show up less frequently in my questions. By doing this, ideally, we review the information that you may have answered incorrectly right before you forget it so that it stays fresh in your mind.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introductions. Introductions are extremely important in "breaking the ice." Starting the first session with getting us on the same page is something that will prove handy down the line. This allows for me to figure out what type of learning works best for the student and what content they have already covered. It'll also help to figure out some areas where they are having problems so that I can write that down and come back to it as much as I can.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Build confidence. Build discipline. Motivation is great and all, but if you always need to rely on motivation, sometimes you'll find that it's just not there. This is why being confident and being disciplined is important. You're aware of your current stage of learning, and you know what stage you want to be at. Building this confidence is going to be key so that lack of information does not overwhelm you. From here, building discipline is important so you stay at it for a decent amount of time until you can surely say that you understand whatever it is you're trying to learn.