I graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a degree in Biology in 2012, and I am currently finishing my Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University School of Medicine. During my time in school, I worked in an emergency room, free clinics, and classrooms. I love to have fun! As such, I find that my tutoring style revolves around making learning fun, whether it is through silly examples or funny mnemonics.
My favorite subject to teach is science! I love helping students discover the world around them. Most of the subjects I tutor are science-based (biology, physiology, psychology, etc.) My three most extensive experiences with teaching have been serving as a City Year Corps Member, volunteering as a tutor for the Kindling Intellectual Development program, and serving as a Health Educator with the Venice Family Clinic. I was a tutor and mentor for 6th grade students in a Title I school, where I taught math and science. Tutoring students with the KID program gave me the opportunity to volunteer in an educationally-underserved community, and work with students of a variety of ages. Serving as a health educator was a particularly unique experience, as I co-led a class that was catered to entire families. Finding ways to reach both parents and their children was a unique challenge, but I feel that it helped me develop my skills as a teacher and tutor.
My experience with diverse groups of students (varying educational, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds) is what makes me a great tutor. By witnessing how different students process and learn new information, I have been able to tailor my lessons and strategies to specific students in order to meet their needs. In addition, I understand the frustration that a student may feel when struggling with a difficult concept, because I once struggled in school as well. As a result, I am kind and patient with students, which often results in a trusting, relaxed relationship that allows students to succeed to their greatest potential.
University of California, Riverside - BS, Biology
Tufts University School of Medicine - MS, Biomedical Sciences
7th Grade Science
8th Grade Science
Anatomy & Physiology
MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
Middle School Science
MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Study Skills and Organization
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to make mini-assessments for each subject I tutor. It is important that a student not only understands the concept, but the possible applications of the concept as well. I assess a student's understanding by manipulating the concept in order to draw out possible applications of the information. If a student can understand a concept applied in multiple ways, I am confident that they understand the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I tend to help build a student's confidence by working through the 'bare bones' of a subject. By working through the simplest aspects of a subject and solving entry-level questions, students often realize that, because they can understand some portion of a difficult subject, they have the potential to understand all of it. By starting with easy concepts and gradually working through more difficult concepts and applications, students gain the confidence that allows them to be successful and persevere when challenged with difficult subjects.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I like to evaluate student needs by creating mini-assessments that test the understanding of different aspects of a subject. By talking with the student and following up on results, I am able to find the strengths and weaknesses of a student. I've often found that students are cognizant of their own needs, and in that case, a frank conversation may elucidate enough information about the student's needs!