University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh (Chemistry)
Medical College of Wisconsin (PhD)
My desire to teach arose during my undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Like many students I had both good and bad professors during my time at school but what intrigued me was what made a good professor so engaging and likewise what made the bad professors so unbearable. All too often science is presented as a blur of long words, and complicated equations. While these are certainly elements of scientific research, such a heavy emphasis on this during the early years of science education leads too many students to uttering the dreaded phrase, " I'm just not good at science", and even worse the assumption that they are not smart enough to be successful in a science career. The professors I had that were wonderful teachers were in no way easy they simply presented science in a way that was relatable and made very complicated concepts understandable to the entire class. Conversely, those professors who were ineffective often would not recognize when a student had the correct however details or terms were missing. I say this not as a criticism of a method of grading but to stress that it is the concepts behind science that make it fascinating, and by rewarding a grasp of these concepts we encourage students to keep pursuing science. To combine these ideas into one statement that describes my teaching philosophy I would say it is, "Yes, you can do this".
While completing my PhD I taught the laboratory sections of both Biology and Genetics at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. This was a wonderful experience for several reasons. First, I got to make the labs a fun and educational experience for all the students involved. Second, I gained experience teaching based off of another instructor’s lesson plan. I feel this in an invaluable skill for tutoring as students will be coming to me with materials they have gotten from their own school. I feel a good tutor must be able to adapt to use the information the students have been provided, as this is what they will be tested on. My desire to teach arose during my undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Like many students I had both good and bad professors during my time at school but what intrigued me was what made a good professor so engaging and likewise what made the bad professors so unbearable. All too often science is presented as a blur of
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