I graduated from the University of Oregon and received a B.S. in Chemistry with departmental honors (2013-2016). My favorite subjects to teach include general chemistry and organic chemistry. I enjoy teaching because most times the subject is underappreciated. Teaching allows me to be the spokesperson for subjects and I can improve the relationship students have with difficult subjects. Recently, I have been a teaching assistant for chemistry labs and begung to shape my teaching style. The way I engage students is by having students bring questions to me, so we can discuss the problem. I typically prefer to have discussions over lectures because it is more engaging for students to have conversations about the material than listen to me talk about the subject. When students bring me questions, I normally will break the question into smaller chunks to help the student identify the hardest part of the problem. Once the problem is identified we would discuss this problem to make sure the issue is resolved. This method helps maximize the usefulness of the sessions by making the student aware of their weak points, so they can improve outside of the tutorting sessions. Outside of academia I indulge in the outdoors by running, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and snowboarding.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Figure out the strengths and weaknesses the student has with the subject being discussed in the session. This task will be accomplished by asking the student questions about what they like and dislike about the subject of the first session. Working problems will also be a part of the first session to understand the thought process of the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By being enthusiastic and motivational when tutoring. Making the content of the sessions interesting will engage the student and make the student interested in seeking out more information about the topic. Also, I would show students the various resources available to them to help learn outside of the required textbook and classroom setting. In my sessions, I will also help students become an independent learner by having discussions about the material instead of lecturing. Talking about the material in my opinion is more engaging and could help the student fill the gaps in their knowledge when we discuss the material.