I am currently a student at San Jose City College and will graduate in May with an AA in Chemistry and in Liberal Arts with emphasis in Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning. I will transfer in the fall to either UCSC or Mills College to complete a BA in Chemistry. I am currently working on an independent studies research program in the Organic Chemistry department were I am developing a lab on the synthesis of biodegradable polymers.
This is my fourth semester working in the Peer Led Team Learning program at SJCC as a leader where I lead small workshops in chemistry once a week for 90 minutes. I work closely with professors to prepare sessions based on their lecture schedules. With the program, I have presented at Hispanic Serving Institution Summit at UC Davis, and I will present at the On Course Conference in Anaheim in May and will be presenting at the Peer Led Team Learning International Society Conference in Dallas in May. I also conduct private one-on-one tutoring sessions in general chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, and all levels of algebra. I worked in the Math and Science tutoring center on campus at SJCC last semester where I tutored students one-on-one in all levels of math and chemistry.
Chemistry is my absolute favorite subject to tutor. It is so exciting to get to share a learning moment with a student, and the harder the topic, the more fulfilling the moment. Chemistry is such a great (and difficult) subject because it requires learning a new language before even starting with concepts or mathematical formulas.
I have a very hand-on tutoring style. I use a lot of visual aids, and I love getting on the white board with students! My normal technique is to get through a few practice problems and then have the students write their own rules for similar problems. This helps students organize their thoughts and is a great skill when entering more difficult college-level courses where independent learning is not only encouraged but expected.
When I'm not working in the chemistry lab or stuck in front of my white board, I love to be outside. I ride my bike, run, hike, and do yoga outdoors. Last year my friend and I completed the 3 day backpacking trip on the Skyline to the Sea trail in the Santa Cruz mountains. I also enjoy live music and attend many small shows in San Jose as well as some bigger concerts in the bay area. I love cooking as well. I am very passionate about food, I eat a vegan diet, and I try to only eat local and seasonal foods. I am always creating some kind of new, experimental meal for my roommate and I. If I could chose a dream hobby, I would go to Disneyland every weekend!
I am a very high-energy, positive person, and I strive to make learning fun and interesting. I look forward to working with you and turning your frustrations into inspiration!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: San Jose City College - Associate in Science, Chemistry
Riding my bike, yoga, cooking (and eating :), chemistry, live music, and reading (Just to name a few)
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Students learn the best when they can find the correct answer on their own. I try to help guide the student to the correct answer by starting them on the path and working through problems together.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session it is important to create a trust-based relationship with the student. They need to be able to feel they can attempt problems, get an incorrect answer, and work towards the correct answer with me without feeling judged or pressured. Usually we can come to this place by working through some old graded quizzes and exams, as well as homework problems.