My name is Jaimie and I am a recent graduate of Northeastern University with my Bachelor's of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. I am currently working in the lab of Professor Robert Langer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working on novel drug delivery systems for the gastrointestinal tract. I am hoping to attend medical school in pursuit of becoming a physician. I am currently interested in pediatrics and psychiatry but I am looking forward to exploring a range of available disciplines. I enjoy tutoring because I find it to be an engaging and dynamic process--I love working with students of all ages on a broad spectrum of subjects.
Undergraduate Degree: Northeastern University - Bachelors, Chemical Engineering
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 34
ACT Reading: 32
ACT Science: 33
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1550
SAT Math: 760
SAT Verbal: 740
SAT Writing: 770
reading, writing, spending time outdoors, hiking
Basic Computer Literacy
High School Chemistry
High School Physics
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Coding
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student learns in his or her own way; some of us are audio learners, some of us are visual learners, some need to talk it out or ask questions, and others simply need to listen. Each student is capable of finding the teaching methodology that works best for him or her!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I would spend some time getting to know him or her, including interests, hobbies, passions, and future goals. This will help me to learn what it is that motivates them and why learning is important to them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by teaching him or her how to learn, and how it is that they learn best, whether it's by drawing a picture, writing information down, or perhaps speaking about a concept with another person, for instance.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by relating topics, subjects, or concepts to their everyday or future lives. Also, helping to remind them why continual learning is important to reaching their goals.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to relate the skill or concept to the student's everyday life in order to put it in more accessible terms.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would advise the student to read slowly and carefully, and pause to check for comprehension after each sentence or two. I would tell them to try different strategies, such as writing down notes in the margin of the passage.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I think the most important task is to first get to know a student and his or her own individual interests and learning style preferences; only then can you truly cater to his or her needs.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would talk to the student about his or her future ambitions, and then discuss how the subject ties into their career goals as well as their current everyday life.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask the students questions in order to check for understanding. I would maybe have them ask me any questions for clarification in order to ensure that they are grasping the concepts.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
In order to build a student's confidence in a subject, I would have them practice several different problems until they feel comfortable. I would start out walking them through problems step-by-step and slowly grant them more and more independence until I'm just there for support. I would simulate the test-taking atmosphere by asking them how they would approach the problems themselves.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would evaluate a student's needs by first asking them what it is that they are seeking through tutoring. I would also ask their parents, if they are still a minor. That way, I would have two or more different perspectives. Finally, I would ask questions to try to understand their thought process when they approach questions.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I would adapt my tutoring to the student's needs by meeting them where they are. I would first try to gauge how much comfort, familiarity, and experience they have with a certain subject. From there, I would know which basic, fundamental concepts to go over or in which areas to pose more challenging questions.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The materials that I typically use during a tutoring session include practice tests and problems, calculators, graphs, visual aids, exam prep books, and the internet; although, I am always open to trying out new materials.