I have self taught and learned on the job multiple computer languages and biotech techniques. While I myself did not have the guidance of a tutor or mentor, I would like to pass down my knowledge and life experience to a younger generation who is either aspiring to become a computer scientist or is just starting out and is curious on what computer science has to offer. I have a passion and desire to teach students how to implement new technologies and problem solving solutions. I have experience teaching other students computer languages, over seeing large scale projects, and the ability to work with others to solve technical problems. This is due to my talent for learning new skills and my passion to create new and innovative tools and strong communication skills.
Undergraduate Degree: The Ohio State University - Bachelors, Engineering
Graduate Degree: University of Maryland University College - Masters, Bioinformatics
rock climbing, playing the guitar, college football, comics books and anything nerdy.
What is your teaching philosophy?
To have the student come to the answer on their own and not to just give the solution. I am here to guide and let them make the connection.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them by understanding their learning style, interests and level of knowledge. From there, I can assess a type of teaching method that is best suited for their personality.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By not spoon-feeding the answer, and by coming up with a learning method that reflects their personality. For example, if they are analytical in nature, I will approach it with that in mind.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive reinforcement! No matter how small the accomplishment is, it's a step in the right direction! Nothing comes easy, and with enough effort, anything can be accomplished.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Keep breaking down the problem or subject into its simplest form and building blocks.