I am in my senior year studying to get a bachelor's in Physics Education with a Math Education minor through BYU Idaho. I'm currently student teaching in Physics at a high school in Utah, and will finish with student teaching and with my degree in April! For as long as I can remember, I have loved math and science, especially the problem-solving side of it. If I had to pick a favorite subject to teach, it would probably be algebra, because I have had the most experience tutoring this subject, and because I love the logic of it. Logic puzzles and sudoku puzzles are my favorite things to do on a long car ride when I'm not singing along to the radio! Besides singing, I also enjoy being with friends, whether that be inside playing games, or outside swimming and hiking and being adventurous. I've been tutoring on my own for the last 8 years, in both math and science, and have had lots of different learning experiences with it! Every student and tutoring session has been unique, and has helped me learn and grow as a tutor and future teacher. I've tutored mostly middle and high school students, but have also had small experiences tutoring elementary school and college students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: BYU-Idaho - Current Undergrad, Physics Education
Enjoys playing the ukulele, singing, hiking, biking, and spending time with family and friends.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Through my experiences, the best way to teach is to personalize the learning to the individual student. I also think the student should learn it for themselves by doing the problems themselves, with a tutor or teacher guiding them through it. In that way, the student can own the material, and knows it for themselves.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would get to know the student and where the student needs help. I would ask about hobbies and interests, and then ask them what areas they feel they need to work on. If they aren't sure, I would start with an example problem in that subject area and gauge what they need to work on.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would have them work through the problems themselves, while I help them when they get stuck by guiding them to the next step, or going more in depth into a concept if they really don't understand it.