U. of San Francisco (Master's)
I have always enjoyed helping others understand information they are finding difficult. I find it a fun challenge to figure out just the right way to explain a topic so that it makes sense to the student. I absolutely love discussing biology topics - cell biology, ecology, zoology, genetics, to name a few - and my enthusiasm is usually contagious. I believe this helps frustrated and bored students to gain a different view on the topic and thus open theirs minds to new learning.
When helping a student learn on a one-to-one basis, I work to determine in which manner they learn best: verbal, visual, and/or hands-on. This allows me to tailor my explanations to suit each student individually. I work together with the students to correct missed questions and problems from class assignments and tests. I have students read the questions/problems out loud because I find that it helps them to hear it with their ears as well as in their head. Once students grasp an idea, I have them describe it to me in their own words and even write that down for review later. Later when students are struggling, I first encourage them to review these ideas or rules and then re-evaluate their work. This allows them to figure out for themselves where they have gone off target and how to right themselves. I find that ideas learned in this way stay longer in a student's memory.
This past autumn I earned my California Teaching Credential in Science with an emphasis in Biology. My credential program produces teachers that are Highly Qualified Teachers, as described by the No Child Left Behind act, and trained to use the upcoming Common Core Standards. During this current 2012-2013 school year I have been a substitute teacher for multiple grades, from pre-kindergarten all the way up to 12th grade. During my credential program, I tutored my 5th grade niece in math and she raised her math grade from a C to an A.
My undergraduate education was in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. So I had multiple classes in biology, zoology, basic botany, and ecology. I was an undergraduate teaching assistant for several animal classification classes. While working in Wildlife Biology, at a research lab in the Rocky Mountains, I was involved yearly with the Children's Program for Mammal Day, where I told elementary-age students about mammals found in that area. Back in high school I also tutored a family friend's daughter in geometry (I had taken that class the year before).
I have also loved math from the start of my schooling up through my Bachelor's degree. Due to disuse, I no longer remember much of the higher math I learned. But I still remember and use elementary level math and on up to basic algebra. That range contains my favorite types of math and I enjoy helping students master it.
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I look forward to helping you improve your skills in math and biology! I have always enjoyed helping others understand information they are finding difficult. I find it a fun challenge to figure out just the right way to explain a topic so that it makes sense to the student. I absolutely love discussing biology topics - cell biology, ecology, zoology, genetics, to name a few - and my enthusiasm is usually contagious.
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