I love teaching. I have tutored a lot of students in math, science and English, including my sons (both college graduates) and a bunch of nieces and nephews.
I graduated with MS in Environmental Science from Indiana University. I also have a BS in teaching Biology/Chemistry from Baku State University.
I love outdoors, kayaking, swimming- an REI member. I love movies! I have had interesting experiences in far away countries. I care about the environment.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Bachelors, Biology/Chemistry
Graduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Masters, Environmental Science
Hiking, kayaking, dancing, traveling, movies, books
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I teach by using examples from real life. That helps students understand material easily and memorize it without much effort.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First of all, I would like to get to know the student well to understand how best to teach him. I would love to learn about his strengths and weaknesses. I would ask questions about his past experiences with the subject -- what worked for her well in the past, and what didn't.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By giving her general directions and a few examples, and encouraging her to work on her own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By helping her to see the big picture, by building on her success, and by encouraging her to challenge herself.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will step back and ask questions to understand her problems. I will spend more time on those problems before we move forward.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I encourage reading books and essays. I emphasize the importance of focusing.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Teaching has to be fun! Building a good relationship with a student is very important for the success of our work.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Tests and questions.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By giving candid feedback and encouraging persistence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By asking questions.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By experimenting to see what works best for him.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Books, tests, and videos.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By helping them to see the big picture.