TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

As a student, I found that if I understood the basic concepts of chemistry (e.g., pka, electronics, sterics, etc.) that it allowed me to work through harder problems and this is the main philosophy I try to pass onto my student.  I try to encourage students always to rationalize their answers using the evidence they know by getting them to explain the concepts.  To assist students towards mastery of the fundamental skills, I try to co-create a welcoming learning community where the students feel comfortable expressing their issues to me and giving me feedback so I can assist them as best as possible.  I also try to involve different teaching strategies to help as many students as possible.  Overall I aim to have an adaptable and approachable style of teaching.

 
 

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is a summary of my relevant teaching jobs and experience.  For my full CV click here!

 

INSTRUCTOR FOR CHEM0011A/0012B
BRESCIA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON, ON

May 2019 - present

  • These courses are part of Brescia's Preliminary Year Program, which is aimed at students, both domestic and international, they may be missing the requirements to access Canadian University Programs. 

  • Responsibilities included designing and delivering lectures, designing and administering the labs, creating and grading examinations, and developing the online learning site

LEAD TUTOR FOR CHEM1301A/1302B
BRESCIA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON, ON, CANADA

October 2018 - April 2019

  • Responsibilities included running 2 large group tutoring session a week plus addition sessions prior to Midterm and Exam.  These were a mix of styles between short lecture and drop-in questions.

  • Supervised an Associated Tutor that helped facilitate the tutoring sessions.

  • Managerial role included tracking attendance, filing a biweekly report to the Dean of Food and Nutrition at Brescia, developing and maintain an OWL site, booking tutoring sessions to accommodate students, developing an evaluation system for the program.

TEACHING ASSISTANT, 
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO, LONDON, ON, CANADA

September 2014 - April 2016

  • Responsibilities included supervising the lab component of the course, providing pre-lab talks, marking and proctoring of examinations.

    • Chem 2003b – Organic Chemistry for Food Science (Winter 2016)

    • Chem 1302b ‒ Discovering Chemical Energetics (Winter 2015)

    • Chem 2213a ‒ Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences (Fall 2014 and Fall 2015)

SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTOR 
WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY, WATERLOO, ON, CANADA

January 2014 - April 2014

  • Developed 4 online modules to teach and compliment the course content of CH390 Chemical Literature, where the students were taught effective science communication practices through various media (e.g., journal articles, posters, presentations, etc.)

  • Marked the students’ responses and provided feedback.

INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT
WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY, WATERLOO, ON, CANADA

September 2012 - April 2014

  • Responsibilities included supervising the lab component of the course, providing pre-lab talks, marking and proctoring of examinations.

    • CH301 - Organic Chemistry III (Fall 2013)

    • CH203 - Organic Chemistry II (Winter 2013 and Winter 2014)

    • CH202 - Organic Chemistry I (Fall 2012)

    • CH111 - Fundamentals of Chemistry II (Winter 2012)

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