Meet our Tutors

 

Houston Baptist University Academic Success Center tutors.
 

Ali Manuel
 

  • Tutoring Subjects:  Nursing
  • Best Study Tip:  Don't let a professor's lecture be the first time you have heard or seen the information being presented! Read ahead!
  • Interesting Fact:  I have logged over 400 flight hours as crew in a military helicopter.

Brandon Hardesty
 

  • Tutoring Subjects:  Accounting, English, Writing
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I love watching students overcome academic obstacles, and I enjoy helping out and being a part of their success. 
  • Best Study Tip:  Always be prepared!
  • Interesting Fact:  If I had a list of interesting facts, listing that list of interestnig facts would be listed on the list of interesting facts. 

Brittany Herman
 

  • Tutoring Subjects:  English, Latin, and Writing
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  One of the main reasons I'm staying above water in class is the help I have received from others.  I want to be able to help my peers in that same way.
  • Best Study Tip:  Ask for help!
  • Interesting Fact:  I am the oldest of seven kids, and the youngest is one year old. 

 

Chelsea Hill
 

  • Tutoring Subjects:  Writing
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I want to show other students that strong writing is one of the best skills to possess. 
  • Best Study Tip:  Do not write to music with lyrics; pick something classical instead. I recommend Bach. 
  • Interesting Fact:  I was born on Easter on an Indian Reservation.



Chinonso Christian-Ezeofor
 

  • Tutoring Subjects:  Logic, Trigonometry
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  Being a tutor gives me an opportunity to motivate and inspire fellow students, and also learn from them.
  • Best Study Tip:  Always look through notes one more time; you might have skipped something important.
  • Interesting Fact:  I love dogs. I want a dog, yet I am scared to touch one.

Cyndee Parris
 

  • Tutoring Subjects:  Chemistry
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I look forward to sharing my knowledge with other students so they will do well in that subject. 
  • Best Study Tip:  Study without distractions right before you go to sleep! This helps to lock the information into your long-term memory!
  • Interesting Fact:  I play mas every summer for Houston's Caribbean festival, and I travel with Houston MADD Colors to other cultural events outside of Houston to showacse our Caribbean culture.

David Maradiago
 

  • Tutoring Subject:  Biology and Chemistry
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I have benefited from tutoring in the past and would like to provide the same service to help other students.
  • Best Study Tip:  Be disciplined!
  • Interesting Fact:  I play drums for REFUGE (HBU's worship band).



Femi Aborisade
 

  • Tutoring Subject:  Latin
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I want people to enjoy Latin as much as I do.
  • Best Study Tip:  Perfect practice makes perfect.
  • Interesting Fact:  I can beatbox.



Francisco Ayala
 

  • Tutoring Subject:  Biology 
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I want to help others gain understanding, while having fun.
  • Best Study Tip:  Ask Questions!
  • Interesting Fact:  I am a goat lover!



Hafeeza Shaik
 

  • Tutoring Subjects:  English and History
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I am passionate about helping students succeed in their classes.
  • Best Study Tip:  Never procrastinate.
  • Interesting Fact:  I can write with both my left and right hands.

 

Jay Davlapur
 

  • Tutoring Subject:  Biology
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I want to help others and make a difference.
  • Best Study Tip:  Make a daily study schedule and make sure to follow it.  Don't procrastinate!
  • Interesting Fact:  I consume over 6,000 calories every day.

Jessica Coccaro
 

  • Tutoring Subject:  Math
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I know how it feels to be stuck on something and the feelings of frustration that go with it. I want to help students have one less thing to worry about! 
  • Best Study Tip:  Keep redoing problems to help ideas stick. Prioritize your time.
  • Interesting Fact:  I know how to fly trapeeze.

Johnny Crown


  • Tutoring Subject:  Math and Philosophy
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I love helping students while also re-learning the material myself.
  • Best Study Tip:  Make use of your textbook if you're struggling with a concept.
  • Interesting Fact:  I love to play video games.


Jonathan Beames


  • Tutoring Subject:  Biblical Languages
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I love being able to show why the biblical languages are important and relevant.
  • Best Study Tip:  Read for comprehension, not just for completion.
  • Interesting Fact:  I love sports.


Joo Schmidt


  • Tutoring Subject:  Pathophysiology
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I like helping other students and enjoy discussing the mechanisms of the human body.
  • Best Study Tip:  Review what you have learned on the same day!
  • Interesting Fact:  I love to play the piano.


Joshua Jones


  • Tutoring Subjects:  Latin, Philosophy, and Writing
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  Being a tutor allows you to get in contact with and help other students while keeping yourself sharp on the basics of your own areas of study.
  • Best Study Tip:  Latin: memorize your paradigms and start with the verb.  Logic: go slowly and think deeply.  Writing: always, always, always read your work aloud.
  • Interesting Fact:  Most of the furniture I own is some form of bookshelf.


Kevin Hoang


  • Tutoring Subject:  History
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  It brings me joy to work with one of my favorite subjects and help people understand it.
  • Best Study Tip:  Memorize the core, or most important, material first and the little details and tidbits will branch off of that and come easier.
  • Interesting Fact:  I am right handed, but I like to eat with my left hand because using your non-dominant hand more will help improve your memory.


Michelle Vu


  • Tutoring Subject:  Math
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I like to help fellow students with their homework.
  • Best Study Tip:  Rewrite your notes as flashcards and review your previous assignments.
  • Interesting Fact:  I like drawing and writing.


Mishal Khan


  • Tutoring Subject:  Biology
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I want to help students get the most out of their classes.
  • Best Study Tip:  Review the material before lecture so you know what will be covered.
  • Interesting Fact:  I LOVE to read in my free time.


Neelam Bhatt


  • Tutoring Subjects:  Biology and Chemistry
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I've been tutoring since high school and I absolutely love it!  Just knowing that I have the opportunity to help an individual overcome obstacles is what makes being a tutor a rewarding job!
  • Best Study Tip:  Always plan ahead and be efficient.  Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to go over all the study materials multiple times.  Recite the information to the point that you are able to teach someone else.  That's when you know you have thoroughly learned the material.
  • Interesting Fact:  I am really girly!  I love doing my nails and hair, shopping, and hanging out with my best friends.  I'm really goofy and love to laugh!


Niyati Hariyani


  • Tutoring Subjects:  Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I love watching the look of understanding that crosses a person's face when I explain a confusing topic.
  • Best Study Tip:  Start studying 1-2 days before you think you need. That way, if something comes up at the end, you're still prepared.
  • Interesting Fact:  I'm really quirky.  I love reading, country music, and hanging out with my friends.


Rachelle Gerke


  • Tutoring Subject:  Nursing
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I value the opportunity to enhance the learning experience of others and promote critical thinking pathways for nursing.
  • Best Study Tip:  Repetition is the father of learning... I repeat, repetition is the father of learning.
  • Interesting Fact:  I once lifted the front of a car to put a jack under it because my adrenaline levels were so high.



Sam Jebreen
 

  • Tutoring Subject:  Biology
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I love teaching and learning to communicate with other students.
  • Best Study Tip:  Give yourself plenty of time.  Review daily and don't get behind.
  • Interesting Fact:  I love to help people and am always smiling. :)


Shelby Horn


  • Tutoring Subject:  Business
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  It’s a great feeling knowing that I have helped a student understand material.
  • Best Study Tip:  When you sit down to study, remove anything that will distract you from focusing.
  • Interest Fact:  I am thirty seconds older than my twin brother.  


Sophie Cook


  • Tutoring Subjects: Old Testament, Philosophy
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I love to share my passion for learning with my fellow students. 
  • Best Study Tip:  Write down everything that needs to be completed in a list and check everything off as you complete it. It is a great motivator and ensures you do not forget a crucial step! 
  • Interest Fact:  When I was in high school, I spent about a year living in Europe.   


Tia Ferguson


  • Tutoring Subject:  Chemistry
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I enjoy taking a concept that doesn't’t make sense to someone and making it easy to understand.
  • Best Study Tip:  Instead of just memorizing, try to connect the facts and relate them to what you already know.
  • Interesting Fact:  One of my hobbies is making crochet stuffed animals.

Luis "Tito" Ortiz-Theriault


  • Tutoring Subject:  Writing
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  Everyone, including me, has something new to learn. Hopefully, we can help each other on this.
  • Best Study Tip:  Take some time before you start studying to get into a "study mindset." Reflect on class and try to remember what your professor emphasized.
  • Interesting Fact:  The first time I ever taught a class I was four years old. My pre-K teacher said I did an excellent job.

Tung Ho


  • Tutoring Subjects:  Biology and Chemistry
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I believe that with hard work and smart effort, learning can be an exhilarating experience. :)
  • Best Study Tip:  The internet is your best friend.  Check out quizlet.com to make online flashcards (it's free, it's great for your bio classes, and the website will compile your terms and definitions into practice tests), the textbook website, and youtube.com for videos that cover difficult concepts.  (I personally recommend the channel Khan Academy.)  
  • Interesting Fact:  I am currently a Pre-Nursing major also taking Pre-Med requisites with the hopes of getting into Medical School with a Nursing degree. :)  Fingers crossed!


Veronica Mueller


  • Tutoring Subject:  Philosophy
  • Why I Love Being a Tutor:  I like helping people understand what the philosophers are saying.
  • Best Study Tip:  Always do your reading.
  • Interesting Fact:  I have a twin sister that looks nothing like me.