I attended the University of Nevada Reno and obtained a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering along with a minor in Metallurgical Engineering. I worked in the field as a both a Process and Manufacturing Engineer for several years and started tutoring over 12 years ago. I discovered I had a love for helping others in Math and the Physical Sciences. I subsequently opened my own tutoring business and was able to do what I really enjoyed - supporting, guiding and mentoring students with their math and science oriented courses and test preparation.
I mainly tutor mathematics and math intensive courses such as chemistry and other physical sciences along with related test preparation (ACT, PSAT, SAT).
My favorite subject is Math as it is the universal language and basis of all science. All our current technological advances have math at the very kernel.
My teaching philosophy is based upon seeing and accepting every student and person as unique with different needs, goals and learning styles. I want to provide each one with support and guidance in a comfortable, caring setting where they feel safe to ask any question. I want to help each student grow and mature intellectually while meeting and exceeding their educational goals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Nevada-Reno - Bachelors, Materials Science and Engineering
I enjoy camping, swimming and outdoor activities in my spare time along with reading, gardening, cooking and candle-making.
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills
Elementary School Math
High School Chemistry
High School Physics
Middle School Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is based upon seeing and accepting every student and person as unique with different needs, goals and learning styles. I want to provide each one with support and guidance in a comfortable, caring setting where they feel safe to ask any question. I want to help each student grow and mature intellectually and meet and exceed their educational goals.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Ask them to tell me a little about themselves and their educational level, about their current course, their level of understanding, and what they are struggling with. If applicable, I would ask them to show me a problem or problems that they are specifically having difficulty with. We would most likely begin by working there. If necessary, we would review concepts and other basics that lead up to and support their current curriculum.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would suggest they try problems on their own after our session and redo examples we have covered during our time together. When they are successful with this, it will hopefully provide them with positive feedback and encourage them to keep going. I emphasize practice and encourage reading course related material outside tutoring sessions.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by helping them focus on their goal(s). Short-term motivation could be encouraged by administering "mini-quizzes" to show and encourage them that they have grasped a particular concept.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try a different approach in tackling the issue. Perhaps a different real-life example would work. Another idea would be to use alternate methods of stating or having the student state the problem, such as orally, visually or in writing. Everyone learns in a different manner, so it is important to remember and utilize this with any type of problem solving.