As an educator, my primary goal is not only to help students understand challenging and complex concepts, but also to help students fully understand which type of learning strategy best works for them. No two students share the exact same learning strategies, and it is my goal to help identify the best learning strategy for each and every one of my students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Bachelors, History
SAT Composite: 1810
SAT Math: 640
SAT Verbal: 570
SAT Writing: 600
Drumming, writing/arranging music, videogames, studying American Cold War politics
Q & A
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The best way to help a student become an independent learner is by quickly identifying the learning strategy that best fits their needs and comfort level. Once that is identified, it becomes much easier for a student to receive information from a wider variety of sources, since they can pick out the pieces of information in a manner that is the most efficient to them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by providing a scope of their success in the 'bigger picture.' For example, a 15-year-old student might not see the importance of understanding the inner workings of the United States Congress; however, if they are aware of how useful that information will be to them in the next 4-5 years once they start voting, they can better understand that they aren't just mindlessly learning about the government. Instead, they are learning about a topic that directly pertains to their future.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Similar to how a musician might practice a difficult verse, if a student has trouble grasping a new concept or idea, the first course of action needs to be to slow things down. When starting a concept, determine which specific aspects the student is having difficulty with, with each portion of the concept representing an individual puzzle piece. Once understanding for each piece has been met, understanding the concept becomes as simple as putting the puzzle together.