I am currently an undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience at Indiana University-Bloomington. During the summer months though, I reside in Durham, working in a cardiology lab at Duke University. My lab experience has contributed to a variety of aspects rather than just simply learning abstract information. Some skills I have obtained through this experience include advanced critical thinking and analytical, organization and time management skills, leadership skills, and communication and interpersonal skills. Thus, I believe that it is important that students learn beyond what is taught. My teaching experience includes working at Kumon, a Math and Reading Academy for kids. By being exposed to a diverse population of students, I realized that the key to successfully teaching a student depends on the idea that all students learn differently and tutors need to identify new learning methods to ensure that a student fully grasps the concept(s). In my free time, I like to play and watch tennis matches, read adventure and mystery books, and play the violin.
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first ask the student to explain what he/she does not understand and why is the topic is confusing. Next, I would ask the student if he/she knows some information pertaining to the topic and to explain them to me. I would then proceed to fill in the remainder of the topic in a different way than what is described in the textbook or notes. If the student does not know anything about the topic, I would break down the information to make sure it does not overload the student.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I ask the student what he/she is confused about and what makes it confusing. I would then try to explain the topic in a different manner; maybe using analogies or through visual aids.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I mostly tend to use analogies and visual aids. After I use the analogies, I explain why that analogy is applicable to the material, and then I would ask the student to explain the topic over again to see if he/she understood my explanation.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would incorporate the subject with something the student is interested in, whether it is a hobby or aspiration.