I started getting interested in Biology in the 10th or 11th grade. That was when I began to think about the world from a scientific perspective. I studied Biology at Wayne State University for five years on a presidential scholarship, for which I am eternally grateful! I minored in Chemistry after getting interested in the inner workings of organic chemistry. While going to college I earned money by tutoring classes I had already taken. I also offered "supplemental instruction" which were informal classroom question and answer sessions. I worked in a research lab after earning an undergraduate research fellowship and explored Physiology at the School of Medicine. Then went on to study Toxicology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. While there a decision appeared clear between focusing on research or teaching. I like teaching better. I truly enjoy spreading knowledge about Biology and Chemistry and finding fun ways to introduce people to these (often difficult) subjects.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wayne State University - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
SAT Math: 700
GRE Quantitative: 750
board games, art, cats, nature
Anatomy & Physiology
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Students should be shown how to find answers on their own. If the tutor looks up information or solves a problem, they should explain what they are doing so the student can learn to do it themselves.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Taking a quick look through the course syllabus to look at the overall structure of the course, and where the student is along that path, is a great way to start. Also, looking at the types of materials the student is using.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By not just answering a student's questions, but also showing them how the tutor arrived at that answer and what resources were used, a student is better able to work things through the next time or on an exam or quiz.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Trying to relate course materials to real-world situations or relevant and recent developments motivates a student and increases interest in the subject.