I have completed all the Undergraduate with Biology and Chemistry major and Master’s degree in Chemistry from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Recently, I have completed second Master’s degree in Chemistry with research on organic chemistry from Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York. After completing my Master’s degree in Nepal, I taught chemistry about 7 years for high school and undergrad students. My first academic teaching experience began to support myself financially while studying Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in chemistry when I was in Nepal. Similarly, I taught general chemistry and organic chemistry to undergrad students at Long Island University where I was awarded a “Teaching Assistantship” for two years. Besides chemistry, I like to teach other sciences like basic biology, physics and even mathematics. My friendly nature and zeal towards helping my classmates and other tutoring activities through my academic career has slowly developed the “teacher” in me. Hence, I have chosen teaching as a profession because “Teaching” ranks amongst the nation’s top five prestigious professions where one is involved in shaping the future of an individual, a society and ultimately country.
Understanding how students learn is one of the significant aspects of teaching. This is linked to their “knowledge” background and maturity. My main goal is to encourage independent thinking and analytical reasoning to augment students’ problem solving skills, thus encouraging them to not just memorize. I apt them to question at every stage: “Why? How?” and satisfy their curiosity, instead of assuming the instructor is always right. My favorite approach is: “If you don’t have any question, I have some for you”.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Tribhuvan University - Bachelors, Chemistry, Microbiology, Zoology
Graduate Degree: Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus - Masters, Chemistry- Organic Research and Teaching assistant
Reading scientific papers, Reading and watching news, Playing Volleyball and Table tennis.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is: "If you don't have any question, I have some for you."
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Acquiring knowledge such as background information and the student's nature and level of study.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I apt them to question.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By making the subjects more interesting with less memorization by giving simple real life examples with basic concepts.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
By changing teaching and various perspectives on behalf of the students.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Using root word meanings.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Explaining a subject and its applications in daily life.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Asking challenging questions relating to the materials.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Encouraging students to do better than they did before.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By gathering information about their background knowledge.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By modifying instruction to accommodate special needs of students.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Books and trusted online sources.