I believe with a solid and consistent work ethic any student can be successful in the classroom. Like any endeavour, breaking tasks into manageable portions and instilling a system of reward can greatly increase a child’s willingness to learn. Further, they can even learn to enjoy learning. I believe this is the ultimate goal, as learning can end up being a reward in itself.
I graduated high school with the Ontario Silver Medal for high school academics – given to students with an average above 90%. Furthermore, I was awarded the Math and Science award by my high school which is given for high academic standing in both fields and active initiative to extend knowledge. After that I attended Queen’s University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology, maintaining an above 80% average, while being a full time student-athlete.
Most of my teaching experience comes from informal tutoring of younger students at university. I would often help these students under concepts, prepare for tests, and instil a schedule to keep up with readings.
I have played competitive hockey for 14 years, including five years with the varsity hockey team at Queen’s University. This huge time commitment taught me the importance of making and maintaining a schedule.