Hi there, I'm Ellie! I recently graduated from the University of Washington where I studied Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Nutritional Sciences. I have experience tutoring elementary and middle school students in a range of subjects, and experience tutoring high school and college students specifically in biology. I utilize a range of learning tools, and I ask comprehension questions throughout a tutoring session. For students struggling with abstract topics in biology I like to bring a news article to our sessions that give real world applications of the subject matter, such as a disease caused by a DNA mutation. I have found that real world examples help students remain engaged with abstract concepts, and more deeply understand the significance of the concept. I like to encourage students to write their thoughts down on paper and teach other strong study habits that will allow them to become creative, independent learners.
In the fall I will begin a graduate school program in Plant Breeding and Genetics. Ultimately my goal is to be a scientist that can work in agricultural project management and policy analysis. If you have questions about plant biology we would be a great match! In my spare time I enjoy running, yoga, cooking and playing with dogs. Please don't hesitate to reach out about the subject you are seeking to strengthen. Looking forward to meeting you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Washington-Seattle Campus - Bachelors, Biology (Molecular, Cellular, Developmental)
Running, cooking, travel, dogs
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'd like to talk with the student about their course load and their extracurricular activities. When we delve into the subject they are seeking help for, I want to know about their relationship with the instructor, and their interest level in the course.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By each week developing a new study habit, such as creating a to-do list, making flashcards, or writing down a question to ask your instructor after class; these are great ways to become an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Acknowledging success, no matter how small, helps students to stay motivated when tackling a challenging subject. Whether you learned one new vocabulary word, or completed a practice problem, you have made progress toward your study goals.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would like to step back and talk with the student about how they want to approach the concept. Perhaps learning visually and drawing the concept will be more effective than talking through it. Or if the skill requires memorization, perhaps we should make flashcards. I want to learn from the student how they best comprehend new material.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know each other beyond the subject we are addressing helps form a successful student-tutor relationship. I want to know if the student enjoys school, if they have friends in their classes, and what their hobbies and interests are.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Researching topics outside of the classroom's scope can help students get excited by understanding real-world applications of the subject. For example, if the student is learning about DNA replication, it might become more engaging if we read a news article about a genetic disease caused by malfunctions in DNA replication.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Asking comprehension questions, having a student teach the material back to me, and applying the concept to a new situation are effective ways I use to test a student's understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive language, acknowledging progress and creating strategies to help remind the student of their success and capability are ways to help students find self-confidence. Thorough test preparation can also help a student feel like "I got this!"
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Practicing active listening, checking in with the student to make sure they understand my explanations and questions, and then making appropriate adjustments help me adapt to my student's tutoring needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to bring colored pens, flashcards, lined paper and printer paper to work through the material. When I have gotten to know a student, I might bring a printed-out article about a real-world application of their subject that can help to re-engage them with more abstract concepts.