I received my bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science from Western Michigan University, and am currently in Medical School. I graduated from high school at the age of 16, and from college at the age of 19, so I understand how important it is to find learning techniques that work well for oneself. I chose to tutor because I know how overwhelming studying can be sometimes, and want to make it easier and more efficient for students to learn and retain information.
I have several years of teaching experience, and have taught many Biology and other related courses. My favorite subjects to teach are Physiology and Microbiology.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, relaxing at the beach, and travelling to other countries. I have been to many foreign countries, and my favorite place to visit so far has been Rome, Italy!
Western Michigan University - Bachelors, Biomedical Science, Psychology, Chemistry
Carribean Medical University - Current Grad Student, M.D.
Anatomy & Physiology
High School Biology
High School Business
High School Economics
What is your teaching philosophy?
I think that studying is easier when it is made to be fun, and related to real-life examples. I aim to connect concepts with their application in our day-to-day activities. I find that this helps student understand and recall more easily as compared to memorizing random facts.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I ask about what techniques work well for them so far and what are some areas they feel they could improve upon when it comes to learning. Based on the feedback, I tailor my teaching style for the subject matter to the strength of my students.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would help students become independent learners by helping them determine their learning style and teaching and encouraging them to find resources to cater to that style. For example, if someone were a visual learner, I would help him or her find or create helpful diagrams that they can mentally recall during a test!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Not only would I encourage my students to achieve their study goals for the day, I would create a checklist of the objectives, or topics, that we want to cover during a certain session, at the beginning of session. This way my students can see their progress and be motivated to complete the remaining tasks.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would ask students to take a quick break to clear their mind, and refresh themselves. After the break, I would have the student explain the concept to me, in his or her own words. This would help me identify the gaps in understanding so I could help explain the concept better and fill that gap.