I am currently a teaching assistant and pursuing my PhD in Political Science (International Relations and Comparative Politics). I enjoy working with students and seeing them develop their academic interests.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Alabama - Bachelors, International Studies and French (Double Major)
Graduate Degree: Syracuse University - PHD, Political Science and Government
ACT Composite: 30
ACT Reading: 36
SAT Subject Test in Spanish: 770
SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 710
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to encourage students to develop their own academic interests. As a TA in the political science department, I encourage students to follow current events in the topic of their choice, be it the economy, the environment, international politics, technology, etc.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would establish what problem areas the student is concerned with and what we should focus on in our sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By encouraging good study habits, such as making a schedule, breaking up assignments into pieces, and taking breaks.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe that motivation stems from confidence. I would work with students beginning with easy concepts first, and then gradually build onto more difficult subjects.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student was having difficulties, I would do my best to have them practice a myriad of practice questions, with my guidance at first and then less so as they become more adept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is a matter of remembering. I would recommend students write short phrases that would help them trigger what they just read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I usually have students write my notes or outlines on what exactly they are looking to cover. That way we don't get go off course.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Positive thinking goes a long way. I want my students to have goals and work towards them. I believe the motivation will come from trying to achieve those goals.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
When we first begin our sessions, practice is key. I use a combination of digital resources as well as student materials. I have found success with flashcards and practice tests.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
It can be difficult to feel confident in a subject one is struggling in, but the key is to realize how much progress has been made up to this point.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would want to know first what topics specifically a student is having trouble in, what they will be tested on, and how the student learns best.