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Meet the Tutors

Mya Aun

Mya Aun

Math/Science

​How long have you been a tutor?
I have enjoyed tutoring Math and Sciences for over 2 years at RCCC.

What is one new hobby you have developed recently?
My favorite hobby is learning new languages, my most recent being Russian.

What is your best tip for studying?
The best way to memorize facts for quizzes and exams is to make a summary sheet compiled from lecture notes and organized by similar concepts.

Do you prefer coffee or tea?
I prefer the antioxidant power of tea.

How do you manage your time most effectively while working from home?
While working from home, I have steady music playing in the background, and during downtime, I hone new language skills on Rosetta Stone.

Stephanie Clarke

Stephanie Clarke

Accounting

​How long have you been a tutor?
5 years.

What is one new hobby you have developed recently?
Recently, nothing, however, I love to crochet!

What is your best tip for studying?
Pay attention to when you need a break. A tired mind is like an overly saturated sponge, it will hold no more.

Do you prefer coffee or tea?
Sweet Tea.

How do you manage your time most effectively while working from home?
Alarms. It’s easy to lose time in isolation. I set alarms to move between tasks.

Jonathan Corbett

Jonathan Corbett

Math/Science

How long have you been a tutor?
I’ve been a tutor for 19 years. I started tutoring at 17 while I was in high school, for my community service, and got my formal training while I was at NC State’s tutorial department.

What is one new hobby you have developed recently?
I’ve been a lifelong gamer, but I recently started studying to be able to make my own games. I’m taking some online classes. I just started, so I haven’t got much to show for it yet, but I am having fun.

What is your best tip for studying?
Don’t study for too long at once. Learn a little bit every day. Two hours is the limit for intense study. You should be ready for the exam well before the night before the exam.

Do you prefer coffee or tea?
I prefer tea. I have some Oolong tea I make once in a while, but I also enjoy some wild golden monkey tea. I also like the hazelnut tea I got from the Spice Exchange that I like to pair with cheesecake. There’s a lot of tea that I enjoy on different occasions.

How do you manage your time most effectively when working from home?
That’s an adjustment that I’m still getting used to. If I really want to be productive, I start by listing everything I want to get done in a day. Then, I plan time in the day for each task, trying to remember to give myself breaks, and using alarms on my phone to help me space out my days and remind me of time-sensitive things (like making myself available for tutoring).

Mary Duckworth

Mary Ducksworth

Writing

How long have you been a tutor?
I began tutoring with RCCC during the Fall semester of 2019. So I’ve been a writing tutor two full semesters now and I love it.

What is one new hobby you have developed recently?
A new hobby I’ve developed is upcycling. I take used materials and old home decor and turn it into something brand new. With so much time on my hands, it was a way to be productive and repurpose old items artistically. Definitely helped me stay creative!

What is your best tip for studying?
A tip I would give students for studying would be pace yourself. When studying for a test or exam, stretch out your study time. Break it down into 30-40 minute increments each day, weeks before your test. Learn little by little so that you are actually digesting the information. Cramming at the last minute can make it stressful. Studying isn’t always the most fun task, but you can make it one of your easiest if you plan ahead!

Do you prefer coffee or tea?
Both. Some days I’m an iced matcha green tea latte. Other days: nitro brew me.

How do you manage your time most effectively when working from home?
Although working in my pajamas is a dream come true, if I want to manage my time and feel productive I get up and get dressed. That way, I feel like I’m at the office and I’m ready to run out for a quick errand or hop on a zoom call if need be. I make sure to work in a room that gets a lot of natural light so that I can feel energized. And on busy days, I’ve started setting timers so that I can stay on task!

Richard Hendren

Richard Hendren

Math/Science

​How long have you been a tutor?
After taking early retirement from a career in pharmaceutical research and development, I have tutored high school and college students in math and science for the past eleven years. I have worked in the Tutoring Centers at Wake Tech Community College and RCCC, and taught general, organic and biological chemistry at Wake Tech, Catawba College, and RCCC.

What is your best tip for studying?
Identify Key Concepts – Assume that you will need to read the textbook to supplement your lecture notes and your instructor’s PowerPoint presentations. Start by reading the Chapter Summary which outlines the key concepts and their inter-relationships. Next, skim through the chapter, focusing attention on each figure and table and reading adjacent text for explanations of new terms. Use your highlighter sparingly.

Test Yourself – While reading through the chapter, stop and answer any embedded questions, then check your answers before proceeding to the next section. Answer the end-of-chapter questions without referring to the text, then check your answers. When reading tables, cover all but one column or row with a blank index card, try to recall the covered material, then quickly uncover the answer. Use this “cover and test” technique to memorize definitions, equations, or structures. For example, cover the names of anatomical structures or physiological processes on labeled diagrams, trigonometric values on the unit circle, names of polyatomic ions, organic functional groups, or kinematic equations, then uncover the answers to check your learning. Importantly, repeat this process in reverse, i.e., first cover the definition, then cover the name but not the definition. The “cover and test” technique, using tables and figures in the textbook or on instructor handouts, is a quick and easy alternative to making flash cards.

Do you prefer coffee or tea?
Wine

How do you manage your time most effectively while working from home?
Adopt a routine, adhere to a schedule of tasks.

Devin Hilfirty

Devin Hilfirty

Math/World Languages – Spanish & French

​How long have you been a tutor?
I began tutoring with Rowan-Cabarrus in the Fall of 2018. I had previous experience as a peer tutor throughout middle and high school.

What is one new hobby you have developed recently?
My hobbies come and go in phases. Sometimes I’m attached to reading and other times to Sudoku. I enjoy jigsaw puzzles, and on occasion I paint! I would like to try my hand at embroidery and/or cross-stitching. I always enjoy taking nice leisurely walks to get fresh air.

What is your best tip for studying?
Reviewing your material doesn’t have to be plain, simple, or boring- make studying fun and enjoyable! If you like games, use the concept of a popular game or a game you personally enjoy to create your own study activity (dominoes, go fish, spoons, battleship, garbage, etc.). If you’re a tactile or visual learner, print out images that remind you of specific concepts- you can match, sort, categorize, and define these pictures. If you’re a creative thinker or writer, be your own Ms. Frizzle and come up with your own Magic School Bus field trip! Creating an activity might seem time-consuming, but you are studying in the process AND you are more likely to remember what you’re studying when you have a personal- and fun!- connection with the material.

Do you prefer coffee or tea?
Definitely not coffee. Ever.

How do you manage your time most effectively while working from home?
I haven’t cracked this code yet. I do often make lists, and I try to prioritize tasks by when they need to be completed. I definitely believe in the power of taking breaks though! It’s better to step away and come back rejuvenated than to slowly and miserably trudge through something. No matter what, I try not to come down on myself.

Liam Shaw

Liam Shaw

Technology

​How long have you been a tutor?
I started tutoring at the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester, so I have been tutoring for 2 full semesters.

What is one new hobby you have developed recently?
One new hobby of mine is sports analytics. Sports analytics is essentially the process of studying sets of data to improve on-field performance. I have decided to pursue a career in this field and am currently learning some programming techniques and statistical skills to analyze data myself and create my own projects.

What is your best tip for studying?
My best study tip is to create a space void of distractions. Don’t allow yourself to pick up your phone, watch a movie, play a game, etc. Limit yourself to your essentials for studying and discipline yourself. Work hard for 45 minutes and then take a 15 minute break.

Do you prefer coffee or tea?
I much prefer coffee over tea. I’ve never encountered a tea that I particularly liked and quite the opposite could be said of coffee.

How do you manage your time most effectively while working from home?
To manage my time well while working from home, I create a prioritized list of things to accomplish for the day and do one task at a time, taking a break when needed. It’s not easy to stay on task, so I take a break whenever I can’t focus, rather than stressing myself out because I can’t concentrate.

Coleman Thompson

Coleman Thompson

Accounting

How long have you been a tutor?
I have been a tutor at Rowan Cabarrus for 1 and half now. All together I have been a tutor for 2 and half. I spent time as a mathematics supplemental instructor at Central Piedmont Community College.

What is one new hobby you have developed recently?
A new hobby I have developed recently is listening to a variety of podcasts and playing basketball/tennis during this pandemic.

What is your best tip for studying?
My best tip for studying has to be using blank white pieces of copy paper and testing new material I have learned.

Do you prefer coffee or tea?
I’m not a huge fan of either, honestly. I prefer to drink water or a fresh smoothie to get me through the day. Whether it’s at work or school I think drinking water helps me stay alert and able to answer any question.

How do you manage your time most effectively while working from home?
This a tough one for me because being at home means being with my siblings who are working from home. We’ve managed to find time before or after our shifts to get some exercise like play basketball or go for a run. Personally, I run on the side of the road or the local greenway to get away from electronics for a little bit.