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Professional: I am a recent UO graduate with a degree in Human Physiology. I am considering future avenues, and am leaning toward athletic training, as well as MS/PhD programs in neurology and applied physiology. I have several years of experience as a tutor, both with peers and younger students (even the occasional older peer). My areas of expertise more recently include anatomy and physiology, and I have tutored biology, chemistry, and spanish in the past. I am also available to help with music and arts classes, and although I have not tutored in these areas, I have been the student director for several ensembles, and have years of experience in voice, percussion, and piano.

Outside of academics, my primary work has been with children with autism or other communication disorders. I have worked with kids of all ages, and pride myself in my ability to relate to nearly anyone. My goal as a tutor goes far beyond academic success. What I have found more and more often is that there are issues of confidence, focus, or motivation that keep students from reaching their academic potential. I want to build foundations of trust, security, and mentorship with my students, and them see what they are truly capable of.

Sophia’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Oregon - Bachelors, Human Physiology

Hobbies

Crossfit, obstacle course racing, sports, music, running, cooking, and health/fitness coaching!

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Biology

Biology

Cardiology

Chemistry

CLEP Prep

CLEP Biology

CLEP Chemistry

CLEP Human Growth and Development

CLEP Introductory Psychology

Clinical Psychology

College Application Essays

College Chemistry

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Emergency Medicine

English

Geometry

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Human Development

IB BIology

IB Mathematical Studies

Languages

Linguistics

Marimba

Math

Medical Terminology

Medicine

Middle School Math

Middle School Science

Neuroscience

Nutrition

Other

Pathophysiology

Percussion

Pre-Algebra

Psychology

Science

Social Sciences

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Special Education

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Vocal Training


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

What I have found more and more often is that there are issues of confidence, focus, or motivation that keep students from reaching their academic potential. I want to build foundations of trust, security, and mentorship with my students, and then see what they are truly capable of.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Get an idea of what the student DOES understand, where they struggle, and what teaching styles work best for them. I also like to get to know the student outside of academics. For example, if the student is a soccer player versus a band student, I would use different analogies to conceptualize a lesson or idea.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Once we have covered the topic's foundations, I like to have students teach me a lesson on the topic. It helps the student solidify their understanding, as well as identify any steps or concepts that are memorized versus understood, gaps in reasoning, etc.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

This is highly variable depending on the age of the student, but I like using anything from working with parents, to providing incentives for improvement, and even to having the student identify what they want to do in the future.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Likely, they need more engagement. I would break the concept down into smaller chunks, asking questions that will demonstrate their understanding of the smaller pieces, and then use a visual to string the concepts together. Once the student has a rough idea of the concept, but are not confident, I will have them ask any specific questions they have and then have them walk me through the lesson. This will identify exactly where there are gaps in understanding.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Encourage them to slow down. Many times they are simply reading too fast to comprehend. If that is not the problem, reading aloud to them is often helpful, as well as discussing small pieces of the text.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Don't be too hard on them at first. Identify their points of struggle and what motivates them. What they DO understand can also tell you a lot

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would find a way to relate it to something they enjoy (this is why it is so vital to know a bit about your students outside of the academic world - do they play sports, enjoy art, music, etc.)

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Have the student teach the lesson back to you - not only does it help solidify their understanding, but it also helps to identify any hiccups in reasoning or understanding as well.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Positive reinforcement. When a student is convinced they are terrible at math, they will second guess every answer they give. By not letting them the answer with questions, it forces them to come to a definitive answer, which not only builds their confidence when they're right but also develops a critical test-taking skill.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

On one level, students can identify where they are struggling. On the other hand, as a tutor, you have to be able to identify and read hesitation in student responses.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Identifying learning styles, areas of confusion, as well as signs that the student doesn't fully understand the concept are all vital in adapting to the student's needs.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I am fairly simplistic in this regard, and pen and paper are my go-to materials.