I have wanted to be a teacher since the third grade. Both of my parents are teaching scientists and my love for science grew by constant exposure. I went on to graduate from Harvard University with a Masters in Biomedical and Biological Sciences. Even as a child, I realized that the students around me were not interested in science because the only exposure they had to it was in an unenthusiastic classroom setting. Now, as a professional tutor, and high school chemistry teacher, I have to opportunity to explain science and math topics in a way that students, from elementary school through graduate school can understand, and transfer my love of learning. It is my goal to use my love of and training in science to increase the amount of students retained and interested in science.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland-Baltimore County - Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Graduate Degree: Harvard University - Master of Arts, Biological and Biomedical Sciences
SAT COMPOSITE (2400 SCALE): 1920
Cooking, sewing, hiking, watching documentaries, playing tennis
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to make the material as relevant to each student as possible!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I ask the student about their history in the subject and what their favorite subject is. Then, I give them an assessment to gauge where their skill level lies.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
All of my students will work problems by themselves after doing a similar problem with me to ensure that they have a good enough understanding to work independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I always seek material similar to what my students like and what they aspire to be to keep it relevant.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I explain it in multiple ways and give them extra problems to do outside of the session.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find it most helpful to listen to what they have to say and to relate to them by sharing what it was like for me to learn the material for the first time.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would make it relate to something they like, or to something funny.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
One thing I like to do is flip the script: I act like a confused classmate (which can be very funny), and they have to explain the concept to me.