I am a graduate of Florida International University's Honors College. I received my Bachelor of Science in Chemistry where I focused on biomedical research. During my time as an undergraduate, I have taught general chemistry laboratory sessions and tutored freshman chemistry students. While my heart lies with Chemistry, I am passionate about helping students understand the intricacies of math and science so they can flourish in the science and technologically-heavy society that we currently live in. In my experience helping struggling students with these difficult subjects, we always seem to relate well and they enjoy the fun quirks I incorporate into my teaching style. I believe education is a necessity that can be easily achieved by anyone. In my spare time, I enjoy doing research in my university's laboratory, practicing yoga, spending time with my family, and laughing as my cat (Dr. Claw) tries to catch the red laser.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Florida International University - Bachelors, Chemistry
ACT Composite: 30
GRE Analytical Writing: 5
Yoga, spending time with family, playing with my cat.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Don't take studying too seriously. My goal is to make learning fun and something that students will look forward to doing. I like to relate with my students by making them laugh and playing games with them while learning fundamental concepts at the same time. I believe small stretching and laughing breaks between tough problems can not only relieve some stress, but it can also make paying attention and grasping concepts much easier in the long run.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Before getting into the nitty-gritty of tutoring, I would introduce myself to the student and ask them what their interests are. I find it extremely important to build a trusting relationship with my students in order to more effectively teach them. Then, I would ask the student where they stand in their class and what concepts they may not have understood. From there, we would work out problems together and dig deep at what the underlying problems may be so we could fix them in future sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will make it a priority to teach my students that memorizing is not the way to go. We will work on building a greater understanding of the subject, especially fundamental principles so that they will be able to answer any question they are given.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Going back to my philosophy of teaching, I find that taking small breaks to stretch or have a laugh will keep students attentive during the tutoring session and motivated to continue learning and powering through practice problems.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The beauty of learning is that everyone learns differently, and there are countless ways to understanding concepts. In the event that a student has difficulties with a certain concept (which is absolutely normal), I would try to explain the concept a different way until the student can relate to it and better grasp it.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To ensure that a student understands the material, I would assign practice problems with increasing difficulties to make sure the student can complete those problems correctly.