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I would like to be your MCAT and AMCAS mentor. I want to fully prepare you for all four sections of the MCAT, but I'd also like to help you prepare the best AMCAS application.

Some background on myself...I graduated from the University of Chicago in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology. At the time, I didnt know if I wanted to pursue graduate work or medicine; therefore, I did a one-year program at the University of Cincinnati where I received my Master's in Physiology. During my Master's program I fell in love with psychology and neuroscience and decided to pursue medicine.

I am currently a second year at Creighton University School of Medicine. I have the opportunity to interview applicants and it is very exiting to read their personal statements. Therefore, I want to help you write the best, most outstanding paper you have ever written!

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Sonia’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Chicago - Bachelor in Arts, Biology and Psychology

Graduate Degree: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine - Master of Science, Physiology

Test Scores

MCAT: 511

MCAT Physical Sciences: 129

MCAT Verbal Reasoning: 127

MCAT Biological Sciences: 126

Hobbies

Walking my dogs, mental health awareness and reading memoirs.

Tutoring Subjects

9th Grade Math

Academic Coaching

Algebra

Anatomy

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Physics 1

AP Psychology

AP US Government

AP US History

Cardiology

Chemistry

Clinical Psychiatry

Clinical Psychology

College Chemistry

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

DAT

Developmental Biology

Endocrinology

English

General Chemistry

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Subject Test in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

GRE Subject Test in Chemistry

GRE Subject Tests

Health Care Policy

High School Chemistry

Histology

Math

MCAT

MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

MCAT Verbal Reasoning

Medical Ethics

Medicine

Middle School Science

Molecular Biology

Molecular Genetics

Neurobiology

Neuroscience

Other

PCAT Biology

Physical Science

Physiology

Quantum Physics

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Social Sciences

Social studies

Study Skills

Test Prep

Thermochemistry

US History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Each and every student is different in how they learn. It is important to me to take the time to get to know my students so that I can provide personalized tutoring. I want them to be able to perform at their full potential.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

The first thing I do is try to establish a set schedule. Then I try to understand what specifically the student is struggling with. I usually ask my students to pass along their syllabus or the textbook that they are using. I want to provide tutoring that complements their classwork.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I provide practice questions to students and ask them to talk me through what they think is the answer. I also help them identify resources they can use outside of the classroom.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I try to remind them that studying isn't always easy and that you have to be patient.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would ask them to talk me through the concept and try to identify where they are struggling. I would also try to teach the concept in different ways, as sometimes looking at something with a different perspective can make all the difference.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I would probably have a reductionist approach, where I would ask the student to break down the reading into separate chunks. We would then go through each chunk and try to summarize it.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I have found it helpful when students send me the material they want to go over before our tutoring session. This way, I can prepare PowerPoint slides of the material and am prepared to answer questions that the student has. Furthermore, when I get material before sessions I can also find practice questions that we can do together while tutoring.


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