Hello, my name is Richard! I'm a pre-medical student and an alumni of both the University of Colorado Denver and Georgetown University. I recently went to Washington, DC, where I got a Master's in Physiology and Biophysics, and am planning to enter the medical field. I'm very passionate about medicine and education, and believe that the best way to learn is by teaching others. I also have three years of experience as a Teaching Assistant in General Biology, Human Physiology, and General Chemistry. My favorite subject is Organic Chemistry, and I'm more than happy to work with people who want to learn about this truly amazing subject.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Colorado Denver - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Georgetown University - Masters, Physiology and Biophysics
MCAT Biological Sciences: 11
What is your teaching philosophy?
"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't." -Bill Nye. Learning is a two-way street. In many ways, a teacher learns as much from their student as the student does from the teacher. I take this approach when working with others. If you feel that a certain style of teaching works better for you, I'm happy to accommodate that need.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My goal in a first session is to understand your needs as a student. What are your strengths? Where can you improve? What type of learner are you? Most importantly, what are you hoping to achieve? In order to set you up for success, I want to help build a strong foundation of learning.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The best way to approach difficult learning concepts is to break them down and better understand the fundamentals that make them up. If you are struggling to understand action potentials in neurons, it's important that we discuss concentration gradients and homeostasis in cells. If you want to understand the basics of cell biology, we should first take a moment to explore the chemistry concepts that play important roles in all living things. All concepts in science are interrelated, and as a tutor, it's my job to help you to understand these relationships.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Once you build a foundation of knowledge, it's important to reinforce that foundation through discussion and testing. When I got my Master's at Georgetown, one of my favorite study methods was to write practice questions that I would send to my friends. We'd all work out the problems I had written and discussed the answers in a group setting. As a tutor, I'd be happy to prepare some practice questions and test you.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
As your tutor, I'm going to look for ways to build on the material you already understand to help you with material you're struggling with, and I'm going to support you every step of the way. It's important to remember that every expert, doctor, researcher, engineer, and teacher all started somewhere. They had moments where they wondered if they were smart enough to learn their craft. They were smart enough, and so are you.