Hello, my name is Austin. I am a freshman on the pre-medicine track, currently majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology at the University of Illinois At Chicago Honors College. As a part of Varsity Tutors, I look forward to helping students reach their goals and to work together with a variety of people. Outside of tutoring, I am a Health Educator for Peer Health Exchange, a part of the Social Committee for the Society of Future Physicians, a member of the Chicago Navigators Christian Ministry, and a volunteer for the non-profit organization Students Performing Acts of Random Kindness (S.P.A.R.K.). In my free time, I enjoy playing sports (Cross Country, Basketball, and Track) and having the company of my friends.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Chicago - Current Undergrad, Biology, General
ACT Composite: 32
ACT English: 30
ACT Math: 36
ACT Reading: 30
ACT Science: 33
AP Chemistry: 4
AP Calculus BC: 5
AP English Language: 4
AP Computer Science A: 4
AP Psychology: 5
AP Macroeconomics: 4
Basketball, Running, Music (Piano and Guitar)
College Application Essays
High School English
High School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to accommodate the student and be of as much assistance as possible. I believe that every student learns best in their own personal way, and I look forward to, together, finding out the many different ways that a student can excel!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would do my best to rephrase the lesson in a way that caters best to the student's learning style. I would also venture out to explain the skill in a novel way, as different students learn in their own way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
The way that I would aid students who struggle with reading comprehension is to break down the reading into paragraphs and work together with the student to identify main ideas and topic sentences in the readings.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would redesign skills and concepts about the subject that engage the student based on their personal interests. For example, using interactive games to display the material and writing the questions in a way that integrates the student's interests.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would build the student's confidence in a subject through helping them see their own success in their work and letting them resolve problems on their own.