I studied Wildlife Conservation Biology at UC Davis. I graduated from Cal State Long Beach where I earned my Master's degree in Biology where I studied bird flight physiology. I also worked as a teaching assistant at Cal State Long Beach and have taught Biostatistics and Human Physiology. I have a background teaching children at science camps, at an environmental non-profit, and at the therapeutic horseback riding center I currently volunteer at.
I am passionate about biology because I am fascinated with how it describes the world around me. I also tutor general and AP statistics as well as Biostatistics for high school and college students. To me, I think it is very important to make sure that my students don't just do well on their homework, but that they truly understand the concepts they are working with. With every problem we cover, I try to go over related concepts and ways they might see the material on a test.
In my free time I like to ride horses and I also do jiu jitsu. I also love the outdoors and enjoy camping and hiking as well. I love to travel and I have studied abroad in South Africa and Costa Rica and visited many other beautiful countries.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelor of Science, Wildlife Conservation Biology
Graduate Degree: CSU Long Beach - Master of Science, Physiology
Soccer, martial arts, the outdoors, animals
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is to help give my students the self-confidence to tackle even the most daunting questions. I want to help students understand the subject, not just memorize answers.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If something isn't making sense, I try to change the perspective. I will try to come at the idea with a different way of looking at it, be it making an example or drawing a picture to explain.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like to tackle statistics questions by drawing them out. I find this helps students better understand what the question is asking for and how to go about finding that specific answer.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to give students new problems to solve using the skills we just worked on, and I will change different parameters of the problem. Then, I have them walk me through how to solve the problem and explain their reasoning. It really helps us find where their understanding is lacking and what their thought process is like.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Practice, practice, practice! If a student is not feeling confident with a subject, we practice together. I really like to modify the problems so they have experienced the different ways a concept could appear on test day.