My degree is in chemistry and I also studied a lot of physics and math along the way. I was a teaching assistant, did research during my masters and will continue to tutor students because I love to teach. Sometime in the future I would like to hold a teaching position at a university. I am certified as a supplemental instructor where I took a semester-long course on how to use different teaching styles effectively and match them to individual learning abilities. In my undergraduate program I was awarded a scholarship by the chemistry department to fund my research and another award from the honors department that provided full tuition coverage. I have 3 years experience as a teaching assistant and tutor. My TA position required the teaching of higher level conceptual chemistry and some math on a one-to-one basis, which led to an evaluation based teaching award. When it comes to truly understanding a principle, I believe that it depends on how the knowledge about that principle is gained. From my own experience as a student I realized that I remembered things the best when I figured out the answers myself. That is why I like to try and encourage students to discover things independently while I direct them toward the correct answers. As far as difficult conceptual or mathematics material, I believe that everyone has the ability to understand, but have not yet been shown the material from the perspective they need in order to understand it. Fun Facts: Some of my hobbies are painting, drawing, astronomy and listening to music. I'm not at all good at painting, but get a lot out of doing something creative. I also love doing any type of water related activities like swimming, boating and when I get the chance scuba diving. When I was 16 I got certified in scuba diving and was lucky to have done that in Cozumel, Mexico.