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Rebecca

I'm a college graduate from Los Angeles. I started college when I was 14 at CalState Los Angeles, and graduated at 19. The smaller class sizes gave me the chance to have a lot more contact with my professors, which in turn gave me some insights as to how I should work with my own students. I tutored for a couple years as part of a club at my university.

Currently I live in Cambridge while I apply to medical school. In addition to tutoring, I'm also working as a scribe. Outside of school I was a competitive dancer all through undergrad, and I still take classes to this day.

Undergraduate Degree:

 California State University Los Angeles - Bachelors, Biology

MCAT: 35

Genetics, dance, mythology, Game of Thrones

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

High School Biology

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

How would you help a student stay motivated?

In my first session with a student, I would talk to them about their goals and what they want to accomplish from tutoring. If they started to lose motivation, I would talk to them about their goals, and what might happen if they did or didn't meet them. Generally, the possibility of long-term effects is enough to find new motivation to succeed.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would work out a different approach for explaining the subject. Drawing diagrams, switching roles and asking the student to explain the subject to me, or watching videos are all good methods that allow for more in-depth, hands-on learning.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

A student cannot understand material until they can explain it back to me in their own words. If they can do this, then they know what they're talking about.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

When I work with a new student, my initial strategy is to learn their goals. Are they hiring a tutor because they want to raise their MCAT score, or is it because they're failing their classes and have contacted a tutor as the last resort? Different goals require different approaches.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Students have different reasons for hiring a tutor. If a student hires a tutor because they want to raise their MCAT score, my approach will be very structured and goal-oriented. The MCAT is a highly specific exam and the studying needs to be as strategic as possible. If a student has hired me because they're failing a class and have gone into damage-control mode, my approach would be a little looser, since there are many variables at play. If something works one week, for one quiz, and it raises their grade--great. If I need to take a different approach the next week--also great.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

The one mandate I have is that the student brings their textbook and/or notes. If I have my own notes on the subject I'm tutoring and I found them to be particularly useful, I'll bring those. Generally speaking, I don't like to use a whole lot of media when I tutor--it can be distracting. I prefer to keep it simple with a notebook and a pen.