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I am currently working towards my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. Previously, I received a B.S. in Biology from Oakland University, where I was a NCAA Division I student-athlete, so I understand and can help students that have a demanding schedule. I have experience working with children anywhere from elementary to high school ages through swim lessons and swim coaching. As my career path reflects, education is a passion of mine, and as my swimming related positions show, I love instilling my passions into children and young adults. My tutoring philosophy is centered on understanding rather than memorization. In my field of veterinary medicine, it would be impossible for me to memorize every detail about every animal species. However, if I can understand important concepts, I can apply that knowledge to solve a larger variety of problems than I can with simple memorization. This is the same approach my tutoring will take, with my ultimate goal being for my students to be able to teach the concepts back to me, thus illustrating their complete understanding of that area. I am available to tutor many Biology-related subjects, from General Biology to more advanced medical fields. Preparation for the science portion of the ACT is another service I offer, as I understand the importance of standardized test performances on admissions and scholarship selections. In my free time, you can find me swimming, working out, skateboarding, or just relaxing at the pool or beach.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Oakland University - BS, Biology

Graduate Degree:

 Western University of Health Sciences - DVM, Veterinary Medicine

ACT Composite: 32

ACT English: 30

ACT Math: 31

ACT Reading: 33

ACT Science: 34

Swimming, working out, skateboarding, running

Anatomy & Physiology

Cardiology

Cell Biology

College Biology

Endocrinology

Evolutionary Biology

General Biology

High School Biology

Histology

Immunology

Medical Terminology

Medicine

Pathology

What is your teaching philosophy?

My tutoring philosophy is centered on understanding rather than memorization. In my field of veterinary medicine, it would be impossible for me to memorize every detail about every animal species. However, if I can understand important concepts, I can apply that knowledge to solve a larger variety of problems than I can with simple memorization. This is the same approach my tutoring will take, with my ultimate goal being for my students to be able to teach the concepts back to me, thus illustrating their complete understanding of that area.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

The first session with a new student is a 'feeling out' process. I will introduce myself and let the student and his/her family know a little bit about myself and my background. From there I will learn some more about my student and his/her goals for the ensuing session. After that, doing a few practice questions will help me get a general understanding of where the student's strengths and weaknesses lie, so we know where to focus our attention in future sessions. Knowing this will also allow me to better plan future sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

My veterinary school employs what is known as problem based learning (or PBL). The basis of this is that the student is in charge of their learning, so if the student gets to an area where he or she is unsure or does not know the answer, the student will go to whatever resource available to find it. This method has been proven by research to significantly enhance comprehension versus typical rote learning, and is what I prefer to use for my tutoring students. This makes the student a more independent and enthusiastic learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I believe motivation is an important factor, as a motivated student will perform much better than an unmotivated one. The ways I keep students motivated are by reminding them of the goals set in the first session of tutoring, and also by positive feedback.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would slow down the teaching to a pace the student can keep up with, and address the source of his/her difficulty with the skill or concept. The ultimate goal would be for the student to 'teach' me the skill or concept, illustrating their understanding of it.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

The best way to engage a student in an area he or she is struggling with is through positive feedback and praise. This will shift the student's thoughts from negative to positive, resulting in the student being more engaged or excited in the subject.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

The best way to test a student's understanding is to have the student teach the material to others. In my session, I would have the student explain concepts to me, and encourage them to explain them to family or friends to reinforce their understanding.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

When a student is struggling with reading comprehension, I will slow down the pace and walk through the reading passage and the questions with the student in order to help him/her understand. If the student gets a questions wrong, I want them to explain his or her thought process then explain why the correct answer is correct. Another way to help is by having them answer the question in their own words before looking at the multiple choice answers. That way, I know they are comprehending the passage rather than using the answer choices to sway their thinking.