I am a Brown University senior graduating this May with a bachelors of science in neuroscience. For the past year and a half I have spent numerous hours as a volunteer for Let's Get Ready, a SAT and college prep program. I began my involvement in this organization purely on a whim, in order to give back to the community around me. I quickly discovered my passion for teaching, however, and began serving as the head math coach within a few short months. Teaching has allowed me to take part in the development of future intellects. To this purpose, I teach only mathematics and science, as those are my personal favorite subjects. I also focus on improving one's ability to think through a problem, as opposed to learning simply by base memorization. I do this because when a student's focus is solely on memorization, they often quickly forget the material due to time or stress. However, the skills one gains from learning how to think through problems are much more stable and flexible. This flexibility allows for those skills to be used in multiple subjects, and towards more advanced learning.
Now, a little about me. In the future, I plan to go to medical school and become a general surgeon, due to the growing need in our current healthcare system. I enjoy drawing, salsa dancing, and bachata dancing. I'm also the self-proclaimed FIFA king of my university, and will defend my title at any non-working moment. All being said, I hope to see you in my classroom as we work together towards & beyond your goals.
Brown University - Current Undergrad, Neuroscience
High School Biology
SAT Subject Tests Prep
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is that teaching should be focused on a way of thinking. For example, instead of focusing on straight memorization of trig identities and functions, I teach the skills to discover these identities first. This way, should the student ever forget the identity itself from time or stress, they have the skills ingrained to figure them out. These skills are also more transferable to more advanced learning, helping the child substantially more in the long run.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce the student to my teaching style and my expectations of our sessions. I would ask the student what their goals are and what they personally believe will help them. That way I get insight into their weaknesses. Then we'd go over logistics of when sessions would be. Finally, I would present the student a couple of problems appropriate to the tutoring subject to better gauge their current standing.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by teaching them the way to tackle new and difficult material. Once they understand, read and analyze a problem, they will be better equipped to seek the right information to solve it.