I graduated from University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. My plan is to attend medical school in two years. I attended six months of medical school in Cape Town, South Africa during my year of traveling around the world. I have spent extensive time traveling through Europe, Africa and Asia. I spent two months living and working in a hospital in Nepal and was able to gain unreal surgical experience in the operating theatre. My ultimate goal is to become a surgeon and participate in the organization of Doctors without Borders. For two years, I plan on working as a medical assistant and nursing school instructor in Santa Barbara to keep my skills fresh before medical school. In my rare moments of free time, I love to utilize my recreational pilot's license, participate in marathons or really any athletic activity, and spend time with my friends and family.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Barbara - Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences
Flying, Running, Hiking, Going to the beach, Traveling
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I enjoy teaching to confer knowledge. My students would tell you that I work through material at the student's pace and focus on a topic until the student feels comfortable.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I value creating a rapport with the student to ensure they feel comfortable with me, so they can share when they are not understanding something or want me to teach a topic in a different way. Additionally, I like to review the expectations of their class so the goals are clear to everyone.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Learning requires a certain level of interest. If a student can find even something small which piques their interest, learning becomes less of a chore and more of a passion.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Reminding oneself of goals in the long run usually can help keep us on track for short term projects or objectives. Creating a reward system can also be a helpful way to sustain motivation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, it is important for me to understand in what way the student is having trouble understanding a concept. From there, my focus will be to teach the material in a new way until their feedback shows a higher level of understanding.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is a challenging test of our ability to glean information from a passage and apply it to questions or concepts. I really enjoy these style of questions and try to help the student see my perspective on these question types. The strategy depends on the student.