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I have extensive experience with teaching, having served as a teaching assistant during my time in Washington University in Organic Chemistry and as a tutor in Organic Chemistry and Biology. I have a strong background in the basic sciences and can provide a solid foundation in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

I believe strongly in a holistic approach to teaching because in my experience students are far more willing to learn when seemingly arcane subjects can be tied into their day to day life and their relevance concretely demonstrated. I delight in finding and applying these connections, and I look forward to teaching others to find them as well.

In my free time I enjoy playing badminton and bicycling. I also enjoy cooking and exploring local restaurants around town with my friends.

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Francis’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, Anthropology


Fencing, badminton, bicycling, cooking

Tutoring Subjects


Algebra 2

Anatomy & Physiology




College Algebra

College Biology

College Chemistry

College Physics

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills


Graduate Test Prep

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School Physics



MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

MCAT Verbal Reasoning

Middle School Math

Organic Chemistry






Q & A

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

Get to know my student and his/her learning preferences, and establish a rapport.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Encourage them to take charge of their own learning, and teach them how to explain the concepts they learn back to me. Learning how to teach is a demonstration of mastery over the material.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Keep encouraging them and working with them at their own pace.

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

Figure out where the roadblock is and determine whether there is another way to explain it.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Figure out where their difficulties lie, and work with them at their own pace.

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

Learning how they process information and working to accommodate that preference, as well as getting to know them personally.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Drawing parallels to real-world uses for these concepts to illustrate their applications.

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

Having them teach the material back to me.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Frequent assessment of their understanding of the material, along with encouragement.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By getting a sense for what they want out of their education, and what they want to accomplish.

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

By determining what learning style they use.

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

I use a lot of props for more abstract concepts.

What is your teaching philosophy?

To be my student's advocate as much as I am their tutor.

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