Throughout my entire life I have always had the urge to learn and discover new things. I was exposed to science books at a very early age and my mother taught me basic math before I started school. From then on, my passion for learning has only grown.
I excelled during my elementary and junior high years and realized that I had an aptitude for mathematics and life sciences. It wasn't until my high school years where I was finally challenged with classes such as advanced physics and calculus that I truly started to expand my thinking. I graduated Top 4% of my class from Harlingen High School and went on to start my undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. It was there that I realized that if my path in life was medicine and in order to become a physician, I had to really work hard and earn my goal. I also tutored in chemistry and genetics and really helped students understand the material rather than memorize. I did very well in college and gained so much experience that I was an excellent applicant for medical school.
But I was not quite ready to head to medical school. I had this incredible interest in biomedical research, particularly in molecular genetics. Before I committed to a life long training to become a doctor, I had to see if research was for me. After graduation, I worked in a virus lab at the University of Texas Medical Branch and learned many laboratory techniques but soon realized that it was not for me. For a short time I also thought that I might want to get a Masters in Public Health before medical school and was accepted to highly recommended schools such as Tulane in New Orleans, Drexel in Philadelphia, and Mount Sinai in New York City. Although great opportunities, I could not afford an extra degree.
Now I truly believe that it is time to give back in spreading my knowledge in the form of tutoring before I embark in my greatest journey of all: medical school in the future. I have overcome great obstacles and know the value of an education and would love to help others in need as a tutor.
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi - BS, Biomedical Sciences
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to try and make any subject just a tiny bit more enjoyable for the student. Everyone has their own personal learning style and pace, and I try my best to adjust accordingly to anyone's needs.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I typically try to learn a little about the student. I ask about school and hobbies. I try to understand from where the difficulties of the subject are arising and go from there.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I do my best to not only help with their area of needs but to also learn skills on critical thinking to apply elsewhere.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I usually find some common interests between the student and myself. If we continue to work hard, I encourage breaks where we can have discussions on those common interests and likes. I may even reward a larger break if we continue to work diligently.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Practice Practice Practice. Within a reasonable timeframe. I would also try to give them new perspectives and on how to look at a said skill/concept.