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Julio

The University of Kansas is my alma mater. I hold an undergraduate degree in Genetics from KU Lawrence, and I am earning a medical doctorate from KU Medical School. During my undergraduate studies, I was a teaching assistant for basic biology (BIOL 100) as well as the accompanying lab (BIOL 102) for two years. Teaching biology to students who were non-majors in biology was a rewarding learning experience (pun intended). Every student is different, and we all learn in different ways. I understand that different learning styles require different teaching styles, yet the most common approach leading to the road of success is identifying any weak areas and addressing them. I have had wonderful instructors who have done exactly that and have left a lasting impression on me; I know what it’s like to have amazing learning experiences, and I am passionate about leaving similar lasting impressions on my own students.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Kansas - BS, Genetics

Graduate Degree:

 University of Kansas Medical School - MD, Medicine

Learning science and spending time with my family

Anatomy & Physiology

Cardiology

Cell Biology

College Biology

Gastroenterology

General Biology

Genetic Engineering

High School Biology

Immunology

Medicine

Molecular Biology

Molecular Genetics

What is your teaching philosophy?

Different learning styles require different teaching styles. I try to assess the students' strengths and weaknesses, and I strengthen the weak points while refining the strong points. I attempt to do this while beginning at a basic starting point in the studies, then we work our way up to more challenging concepts.

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

I usually try to understand why the student is taking the course in the first place, and then I try to understand why he or she is in need of a tutor. For example, if the student is having trouble understanding a subject, we may have to focus on basic concepts first; if the student is versed in the subject and would like to sharpen his or her skills, we may decide to focus on the more advanced topics.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

There are many wonderful learning strategies I have learned in medical school. Some of these include repetition of important concepts, drawing diagrams to "see the whole picture," and quizzing myself as I study. I plan to use similar strategies with students, while mentioning that "this is one of the things I do in my own studies."

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Students have lots of fun interests, some of which are not related to what we'll be working on. I understand that some students may be enrolled in a biology class because it is required to graduate, so I try to make learning the subject matter as relevant as possible to each individual (even though they may major in a non-related field).