I have a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Lewis University with minors in chemistry, biochemistry, and psychology. I am a part the Association for the Coaching and Tutoring Profession, National Science Teacher's Association, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor's Society and American Chemical Society.
I have provided tutoring for students at Lewis University during my time in college and after college. I volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Best Buddies, and PADS Homeless Shelter.
I have always loved academia. I find tutoring students to be rewarding, especially when they express motivation to improve on a subject. My favorite moments tutoring include when students teach me things I hadn't learned before and when a student has that "aha" moment!
My tutor had a passion for teaching that really helped make learning fun. She answered all my questions in an easy to understand manor while keeping it engaging. Without her I would not have been able to pass my class.
Before the Session:
- I ALWAYS start out by greeting the student, as interpersonal effectiveness plays a BIG role in successful interaction between the student AND the tutor.
- I ask the student to walk me through the directions for the assignment so I can gain an understanding before starting discussion. From there, I ask the student to identify what part(s) of the assignment(s) they are stuggling to work through.
- Then, I ask leading questions to engage the student in discussion and find out what they know about the question.
- If the student struggles with getting to the next step in the problem on their own, I will always assist by offering a suggestion or providing an example.
- I stay mindful to gage how well my tutoring technique is working for the student. I assess verbal communication, body language, and encourage students to ask any questions or voice any confusion they may have during discussion.
- I will ask the student if they understand the thought process behind my approach, and if not, I can try another approach to see if that works better.
Bachelor's degree in Biology from Lewis University
Minors in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Psychology.
Prior experience with tutoring students
I got my start with tutoring during college when I discovered the Learning Academic Resource Center because I wanted to receive help in Organic Chemistry. The next year, I decided to give back to the tutoring program and join to help others. I have been involved in tutoring ever since graduating college as it's a passion I wanted to take with me after college. I enjoy being able to conduct my work online due to it's great flexibility.
High school to adult students
I recently got a chance to visit with my sister who lives halfway across the country - we enjoyed hiking, making soaps and candles, and cooking different types of cuisine.
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