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Whether you struggle to keep up in class, need more challenging work, or want to continue learning through the summer, private tutoring is the most effective and efficient way to tackle your academic goals.
By guiding students down their unique path and supporting their strengths, I help them find the confidence they need to make the most of the learning process. Adding a bit of goofiness creates a lighthearted learning environment associated with positive thoughts rather than the unfortunate but common case of students viewing tutoring sessions as a chore. A boring tutor is an ineffective tutor who has a low chance of motivating students to achieve greatness.
The main goal of tutoring is to teach students how to learn. I teach strategically rather than merely showing the steps needed to solve a problem. I follow the College Reading and Learning Association philosophy of promoting independence in learning and facilitating tutee insights into learning and learning processes. This way, the student gains a richer experience at school and practices effective self-study throughout his or her educational career.
Throughout the process, my students discover the aspects of academics that excite them as well as the concepts that frustrate them. By harnessing their strengths and improving their weaknesses, I am able to devise a plan to make them lifelong and passionate learners!
I earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering - Biomedical Engineering Option from the University of Colorado at Boulder where I attained Dean's List status and worked for the school as a Research Assistant. After graduation, I changed my focus from biomedical engineering to radio/microwave frequency electrical engineering and excelled as an engineer in the aerospace industry, performing a wide array of assignments from working directly with spacecraft hardware to teaching technical subject matter to military personnel. Yes, I'm a serious math and science geek.
While working in aerospace, I tutored high school students and taught beach volleyball lessons part-time. With both specialties, I loved seeing the enthusiastic "light bulb" moment that resulted from explaining skills in a way the student could understand. It was great to see students master concepts they had previously struggled with and watch them improve over time. The positive feedback and many thanks from students and parents added to the fulfillment of work I already valued and made me realize tutoring was something I would enjoy doing full-time. While in school, I was lucky enough to have teachers and professors who truly believed in me, and I would be honored to be that kind of mentor for other students.
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