My name is Modupe and I am currently a high school chemistry teacher where I teach both High School Chemistry and AP Chemistry. I have both an undergrad degree in Biochemistry and a Master's degree in Education.
Besides my love of chemistry, I love to sing on my spare time. Overall, I am excited to help students understand a subject that so many find hard to comprehend!!!
Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Bachelors, Biochemistry
Graduate Degree: New York University - Masters, Clinical Rich Integrated Science
Singing, Dancing and Reading
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students learn differently, and that is one of the first things I take into account when it comes to my teaching style.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
A student's confidence in a subject can be built by constant encouragement and letting the student know that as long as they work hard, they will see the results.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Talking with the students and finding out their interests, how they learn best and asking them about their struggles are a good way to evaluate a student's needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to student's needs by having checkpoints to see if the student is understanding the material. This can tell me whether to go forward or revisit a concept.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use the Internet and any notes I may have on that subject. Being in chemistry, I also may bring a reference table and molecular models.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by guiding them to identifying where they struggle, and also by teaching them how to ask relevant questions so they know what answers to seek.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I believe "practice makes perfect" applies in this situation where, with the appropriate guidance and support, there is room for improvement.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student get excited about a struggling subject by connecting the subject to real-world applications that the student can relate with.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
A technique I would use to ensure a student understands the material is by using checkpoints within the session. This will tell me whether to go forward or to revisit a topic.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by giving deserved praise and encouragement. Student or not, everyone loves to be encouraged when they put in time and effort towards something.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Strategies I have found to be most successful when working with students are using videos, because they provide visuals, and always providing room for students to practice and make mistakes to be corrected.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a concept, I would try another route that might work with the student, such as an Internet visual, website, etc.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I would introduce myself and then ask about the student's interest. As a teacher, I understand the importance of good rapport with my students.