Ask The Instructor: Chiara Yates
This month, we talked to Chiara Yates, an instructor at SNHU! In this Q&A, Chiara shares her tips for managing schoolwork, learning new technology, and more.
Q. What is your name and where do you work?
A. Chiara Yates — I work at Southern New Hampshire University.
Q. Tell us about yourself! What’s your favorite part about being an instructor? How do you spend your time when you aren’t teaching?
A. I was raised in Italy and moved to the USA about 17 years ago as a military spouse. Teaching as adjunct faculty has given me the opportunity to keep working at every military move and also to be home and present every time my husband deployed or traveled for work. I also enjoy the flexibility online teaching allows me. My favorite part of being an instructor, and in particular of teaching economics, is being able to share my knowledge with my students. Make the connections between what they are learning from a textbook and what happens in the real world, what they hear in the news, and give a meaning and a purpose to their learning. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, baking bread, reading, and traveling with my family.
Q. What is the best way to fit all your schoolwork in when you are a full-time employee with a family? How do you approach time management?
A. I found that the best way to fit schoolwork in a busy schedule is to break it down in manageable tasks. Start early in the week, set aside a certain amount of time each day, even if just 30 minutes on the busiest days, and complete part of an assignment, start the research, or simply start working on the discussion question. I apply that same method to grading.
Q. Many students who go back to school later in life tell us they’ve experienced self-doubt and imposter syndrome. What would you tell these students?
A. It is never too late to learn something new. They have the baggage of life experience that no course can teach them — they should share it with the other students to enrich their academic experience and apply it to what they are learning.
Q. Do you have any tips for students who are going to school online for the first time and aren’t used to using technology to complete their schoolwork?
A. I encourage students to use the resources and tutorials available to them through the university but also to research videos on how to use the software. One of my courses requires the use of PowerPoint, which is a source of frustration for some students. I share videos on how to use the software and tell them to take it one step at the time.