Owner and Head Tutor
Ph.D. Chemistry, ABD
Ball State University
Summa Cum Laude
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
B.S. Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology double major
Summa Cum Laude
High school math and science courses
AP math & science courses
Test Preparation (ACT, SAT, and GRE)
College math (through Calculus)
College science (Freshman Biology, Freshman Physics, All levels of Chemistry)
I started my education at an engineering college, which emphasized rigorous training in mathematics, problem-solving, and inquiry-based science. My master's and Ph.D. coursework helped deepen my understanding and see the hierarchy of skills and topics, which has enabled me to deconstruct complicated ideas for myself and my students. My research is also important in my development, as it has helped me see the connections between academic disciplines and the importance of learning how to transfer skills from other disciplines. Additionally, working in a variety of laboratory settings (traditional chemistry lab, pharmaceutical research, and educational statistical research) has given me particular insight in a variety of applications, and experience in virtually all of the forums in which one of my students might perform.
I not only have the knowledge, I have the experience teaching it. I have tutored and taught for over ten years in a variety of settings. I started in undergrad, where I was trained to tutor in the university learning center. There I assisted students in calculus, genetics, writing, and general and organic chemistry. I quickly realized I had a passion for teaching, and started tutoring outside of the learning center as well. During my graduate work, I supplemented my chemistry course-work with classes on learning theory and educational research, where I honed my ability to use research-based methods in my tutoring and teaching, and learned to critique and evaluate my own instruction. This course-work paid off, as I was awarded the top graduate teaching award at both Ball State and Miami University. More importantly, I have students from both tutoring and teaching that still reach out to me, speaking of their positive learning experience working with me. It's especially rewarding to have students tell me that they were able to pick-up study and learning theory skills that has enabled them to be successful on their own after working with me.
These extensive experiences have taught me a lot about how students learn. First, I know that all students can learn, and that for any given problematic topic, the student often misunderstands a foundational concept that had not been adequately addressed in the classroom. I can figure out what the root cause of the student's misunderstanding is and help him or her work through it. Further, my mastery of math and science allows me to break down complex issues and make them accessible for students. I also am aware that students can learn in many different ways, and a single methodology will not work for every student. Teaching requires a student-centered approach, where I work to find the needs of the student and family, and how to help him or her gain the skills to master the topic and take control of his/her own learning. Finally, I take a principled stand on tutoring and teaching, and think that it is my job not simply to help a student to memorize material, but also to foster critical thinking skills and overall comprehensions.