I graduated from UC San Diego in 2013 with a BS in Human Biology and a minor in Sociology. I am currently applying for medical school in hopes of matriculating Fall 2015. While in medical school or after, I would like to pursue a Master in Public Health. I also work in a research laboratory studying the effects of myeloperoxidase and Alzheimer's disease. On my spare time, I enjoy cooking and learning about new cultures through their food. And being a resident of San Diego, I love surfing and snorkeling whenever I get the chance.
I have worked as a teaching assistant for the UCSD's Division of biological sciences. There I taught upper division Biochemistry and lower division ecology/nutrition/environmental science. I managed up to 35 students and often lectured and reviewed to over 150 students. I also have experience with one-on-one education. During my work as a TA, I would often hold office hours or appointments where I could key in on the difficulties of a particular student. I firmly believe that no two students learn exactly the same, therefore I learned to develop a variety of ways to present a single subject. For some students, I would take a straight forward approach, for others I connect topics by building off of previous concepts that they have learned. And if that does not work, I will make examples out of unrelated subjects (you would not believe how much Chris Evans and reversible competitive inhibition in enzymes have in common).
Aside from college-level Biology and Chemistry, I am familiar with working with younger age groups. I have experience teaching high school mathematics and science through working as a private tutor during my late high school and early college years. I also had the honor of recently tutoring at a youth center/shelter close to Washington D.C for teens who were stricken by gang violence, domestic abuse, homelessness, and drugs. I have a confidence in being able to work with these groups not only from tutoring academics, but through having also worked as a tennis coach for youths and high school junior varsity.
Regarding test prep, I approach these in completely different manner then academic subjects. In my opinion, the key to succeeding in any test is learning how to take that particular test. I vividly remember the struggles of SAT Math in high school, not because it was the most challenging subject, but it was interlaced with tricks at every step. This is not too different from other tests, such as the MCAT.
My overall philosophy regarding teaching is that learning is something that should not be approached in a one-dimensional fashion, but that it has multiple vantages that can and should be approached. To truly understand a subject one should not only be able to understand it from one point, but instead from many.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelor of Science, Human Biology
SAT Math: 760
Cooking, Surfing, Snorkeling, Tennis, Comedy TV/Movies, and Anything New
Elementary School Math
High School Biology
High School Physics