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My name is Jon Lash, and I am currently a Master's student at Cornell University. I graduated with my Bachelor's of Science from Cornell in 2016 and I plan to attend medical school in the fall of 2017. I am really excited to be tutoring for Varsity tutors because I really enjoy helping students with subjects that gave me trouble in school. I hope that my time spent developing strategies to learn and absorb the tough material can help you succeed.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Cornell University - Bachelors, Human Biology

Graduate Degree:

 Cornell University - Current Grad Student, Human Development

SAT Math: 750

SAT Verbal: 790

SAT Writing: 740

MCAT: 39

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College Biology

College Chemistry

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Evolutionary Biology

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

What is your teaching philosophy?

I think the key to understanding is context. I remember learning dense science material in one class that only made sense after I took the next class. Once I was able to see the big picture, the smaller details started to fall into place. I try to always draw back to the big picture so that a student always understands what they are learning and how it relates to other material.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

The first thing I would do would be to ask what they need help with. Once I know what we are working on, I can try to assess the student's knowledge base, and that way I'd know where to start the lessons to get the most out of our time in this and in future sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I try to engage students in their own learning in two ways. The first is to help them make connections between what they're learning and what it means in real life. To me, that was always the most interesting part of school. Second, I try to structure my lessons so that I am a safety net. By that I mean that I hope students will work through the problems on their own, while also being confident that I will be there to guide them to the correct answer and catch any mistakes. I try to create a really low-pressure environment where students aren't afraid to be wrong.