Stephanie completed her B.S. in 2011 at Sewanee: The University of the South where she studied gene flow among populations of cave millipedes. As an undergraduate, Dr. Loria also interned at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago studying the evolution of giant pill-millipedes from Madagascar. In 2011, Dr. Loria entered the Richard Gilder Graduate School of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and joined the Scorpion Systematics Research Group to pursue her doctoral degree in Comparative Biology. Since coming to the AMNH, Dr. Loria has traveled the world for her research on scorpion evolution, collecting in South-East Asia as well as working in museums across Europe. She completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Biology in December 2015 and has worked as an adjunct instructor at the SUNY: College at Old Westbury and taught high school students in the After School Program at the AMNH. She is also co-founder and president of The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians, a 501(c) nonprofit organization dedicated to science education for the public benefit.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Sewanee The - Bachelors, Environmental Studies: Ecology and Biodiversity
Graduate Degree: Richard Gilder Graduate School - PHD, Comparative Biology
AP Music Theory
Basic Computer Literacy
CLEP Natural Sciences
Elementary School Math
GRE Subject Test in Biology
GRE Subject Tests
High School Biology
High School English
High School World History
High School Writing
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
In my philosophy, the best way to learn is for the student to be actively engaged in learning activities rather than having the instructor lecture them on what to do. The instructor should serve as a guide, helping the student overcome difficulties that they encounter.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would determine what the student's strengths and weaknesses are so that we can spend time improving their weaknesses.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I definitely think independent learning is important, as I have had to teach myself many analyses and programs to use for my own work. I think the best way to promote independent learning is to encourage the student to solve problems on their own and use the instructor as a 'teammate' who can help them solve the problem when they are lost.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would emphasize their strengths and commend them on their improvements each week, even though sometimes they might seem small.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to understand where the confusion is and explain it. Then I would have them explain it to me as if they were the instructor to help them master the concept. Over a period of sessions, I would bring up concepts that may have been confusing previously so that the student does not forget what they learned.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would have them explain to me what they read so that I could understand why they are confused.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I think the most successful strategy is having the student actively engaged in the work rather than having the instructor lecture all the time.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to apply it to everyday situations to help them understand why learning the subject is important.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would have us switch roles and have the student teach me what they learned so that I know that they have mastered the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would remind them of how much they have improved each week by having them engage in activities that remind them of concepts they have mastered in previous sessions.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would evaluate their needs by looking at exams they have taken in school to understand what their weaknesses are so that we can improve them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will use trial and error, so if they cannot master a concept via one technique, I will try another technique.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I will use the student's resources so that they have something to refer to after the session is over.