My approach to teaching rests on the idea that learning is ideally an enjoyable experience for students. If my lessons are engaging, challenging and in some ways inspirational, I am confident that the course will be a success in terms of learning outcomes. I think, the tutor must aspire to craft every bit of information into stories that will be appealing to students' minds, and invite them to question what is being communicated.
During lessons I aim to attract students' attention and revive their enthusiasm for the subject matter by constantly relating concepts to everyday real life scenarios. To instill skills of critical scholarship in students, I use my expertise to question traditional assumptions whenever possible and provide examples of instances where conventional wisdom may not be applicable.
I also put great emphasis on preparing a teaching portfolio. I work tirelessly on notes and presentations to make sure that flow of information is smooth, coherent and easily understandable. I exert great effort to thoroughly practice materials the day before the lesson, no matter whether I have taught the same course in the past. I want to make sure that my presentation will be flawless and there will be no concept on which I may stumble upon during the lecture if I am challenged by the students.
Lastly, I attach great importance to personal connections with the students. I believe that an accessible tutor-student relationship can significantly increase the likeability of a course and ultimately facilitate learning. From the very first lesson, I labor to make a friendly impression and signal to students that I am there to help, not to judge, and if past course evaluations are any guide, I think I have succeeded in that respect. I define my primary role as a facilitator of the learning process and delegate the rest of the authority that is usually vested in teachers to students. This way, students feel part of the process and their level of engagement is high. I also make sure that I am always available for the students if needed. Constant communication also ensures that I receive valuable student feedback that will help me design more inspirational and engaging courses in the future.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: ISET - Bachelor of Science, Applied Economics
Graduate Degree: CERGE - Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Economics
GRE Quantitative Reasoning: 800
Research Interests: Experimental Economics, Applied Microeconomics