I am a true San Francisco native. My education background includes a triple major in Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Theology with minors in Biology and Chemistry from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. I completed my MD from American University of Antigua and am currently preparing for my USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination). I have taught high school Sciences in the past and can teach most Math through Calculus. While at Marquette, I completed a congressional internship on Capitol Hill with David Obey (2003), so I also specialize in AP US History and AP Government.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Marquette University - Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry
Graduate Degree: American University of Antigua - Doctor of Medicine, n/a
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10th Grade Math
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Math
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Math
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
8th Grade Math
8th Grade Science
9th Grade Math
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
ACT Aspire Prep
Anatomy & Physiology
AP US Government
AP US History
CLEP American Government
CLEP College Algebra
CLEP College Mathematics
CLEP History of the United States I
CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
CLEP Natural Sciences
CLEP Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
High School Biology
High School Business
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Physics
High School Writing
HSPT Math Prep
HSPT Quantitative Prep
HSPT Reading Prep
Middle School Science
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My approach to teaching is to see that my students have a solid foundation in whatever they study and are able to move forward in the material. I believe science and mathematics are the foundations that we can see in the world around us.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to set realistic expectations for my students, and I tend to go over concepts and then move on to specific questions to gauge their understanding.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I provide students with the foundation, and I set up good study habits to make them lifetime learners.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I provide regular feedback and encouragement throughout the sessions.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to reteach the material or move to some other concepts and then come back to the material so that they can see the parallels.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is the toughest score to improve upon. I generally assign an outside independent reading assignment for the students to complete. I want them to read for pleasure to increase their reading speed. Then, during the session we can focus on question types and attack each of them in an analytical fashion.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Patience and understanding are the best approach for students. Generally speaking, I try to use a bit of humor to help them understand the material.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I usually have some fun stories to help them overcome their struggles.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I generally have them complete assignments and check their work, or I give practice tests.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Good students generally just need a challenge to provide a good motivation for them to exceed our expectations.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would utilize a variety forms of self assessments.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Over the years, I have worked with a variety of students with a diversity of needs. I can handle anyone.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I utilize a variety of online and textbook items.