Graduate of UMass Amherst with experience in biological field research. High school swim coach.
SCUBA diver and Teaching Assistant.
I'm excited to help students learn and succeed in STEM subjects, and hopefully some day pursue a career in science. I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences in the field.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
To help students become independent and self-sufficient. Students should learn to take education into their own hands and teach themselves what others can't.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Spend some time introducing myself and having them introduce themselves. Then get to know where they feel confident in their subject and where they feel they need help.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Encourage them to look for answers in their text or from scholarly online resources. I'd like to show them what real scientific papers look like so they can learn to do research on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I'd make sure to tell stories of the adventures I've been on as a result of being a biology student. I'd show them how truly exciting science can be once you get beyond the high school level, and remind them that success in high school is the first step toward success in higher education.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try to make references to and draw parallels with a similar concept which they understand better.