I am a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Integrative Physiology. I also completed graduate-level coursework in Neuroscience at New York University. In addition to studying in the classroom, I have 11 years of experience working as a research scientist in biomedical research labs. During this time I worked with visiting scientists, teaching them about the research we were doing and also spent 1.5 years mentoring two MD/PhD students from the NYU School of Medicine who were working in the lab. In the summer of 2015, I wrote and developed content for an Algebra 2 digital teaching platform. I believe that the skills I have developed over the years would be most helpful in tutoring students in math and life sciences. I would love to use my passion for those subjects to help students achieve their academic goals. Hopefully, along the way, I can help them discover their own appreciation for math and science. I believe that, with the right help, everyone can excel in these areas, which are so important in today's world. In my spare time I enjoy going to concerts, fitness and reading.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelors, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
New York University - PHD, Neuroscience ABD
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that each student has a unique way of learning, and it is important to work together to discover what that is. Then we can tailor the tutoring so that it will best help the student.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The important thing is to keep trying. I would explore different resources that may explain things in a different way until I found something that the student could connect with. Also, I think it's important to prevent the student from becoming too frustrated. If necessary, I would review a concept that the student understood in order to boost their confidence before returning to the more difficult subject.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would find out what subjects the student was interested in, and then use sources that talked about that subject. If the student is interested or knowledgeable about the subject, it could help with comprehension, rather than having the student give up because they don't understand the source material at all. This way, we could focus more on techniques to improve reading comprehension. Then we could take the techniques learned with familiar material and apply them to more difficult material.