My name is Isaac M. and I am a 2013 graduate from Marshall University with a degree in Molecular Biology and 4.0 GPA. My plans are to get my Master's Degree in Education from Marshall and be a high school biology and chemistry teacher. At Marshall, I was one of six Yeager Scholars in my class. The Society of Yeager Scholars is a program that provides a unique undergraduate experience by way of things such as a more rigorous undergraduate course load, a study abroad experience at Oxford University, and an emphasis on leadership development among many other things.
I think my qualifications speak for themselves through things such my degree, GPA, standardized test scores,and completion of the Yeager Program. However, we all know that those things say little about how well I can communicate and help individual students learn. But rest assured! I have also been involved the past two years in the Learning Assistant Program at Marshall. This is basically a tutoring program on steroids specific for freshmen biology students. I meet twice a week with small groups of students to review and go over class material. Through this program I have had to deal with a variety of different students who all learn in different ways and can proudly say that most of those students benefited greatly from the experience, whether that be a student going from failing to passing, raising a grade, or the A students who just attend sessions to solidify material. It is through this program that I realized how much I actually enjoy helping students learn material and got pushed toward teaching for a career.
With that being said, it is hard to say how I tutor because I have found that I need to adjust my methodology depending on the student. Test taking strategies can be just as important as content at times, especially for standardized tests. But once some basic strategy is down, the student is in the drivers seat as to how the content is approached. My main emphasis is understanding the content at a deeper level and avoiding straight surface level memorization, but that is not so much a tutoring technique for me as it is me thinking that is how all learning should be done.
I am aware that there are students who are not academically inclined, and I am more than happy to help those struggling students reach whatever goals they set for themselves. However, I think that many times (if not most of the time) students are not academically disinclined, they just have not found the right teacher or the study technique that works best for them. With that being said, I would love to see if I am that teacher and help them become better students so don't hesitate to get in touch with me!
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