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Jamie

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I am a Penn State Graduate (B.S.) and am currently a student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University. My goal as a tutor is to help make the subjects I love approachable to other students, and to teach the study techniques that have served me well in school. I have tutored people in Biology, Physiology, general and Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Writing proficiency, and Physics. I also teach SHSAT prep to 7th graders. I am qualified to teach strategy and content for the SAT and MCAT, as well as high school Science, Writing, and Math classes. My greatest strength as a tutor is my ability to simplify abstract concepts using analogies and real-life comparisons so that anybody can learn them. Showing students how their studies relate to the rest of the world is the best way to create long term interest and understanding. My main focus is typically "teaching toward the test," as making sure my students get the grades they need is always the priority.

Jamie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Penn State University - Bachelor of Science, Pre Medical Medical Program

Graduate Degree: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University - Doctor of Medicine, MD Program

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2270

SAT Math: 780

SAT Verbal: 730

SAT Writing: 760

MCAT: 37

Hobbies

Boxing, theater, medicine, the outdoors

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Writing

Algebra

Biochemistry

Biology

Chemistry

College Biology

College Chemistry

College English

College Essays

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

English

Essay Editing

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

Life Sciences

Math

MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

MCAT Verbal Reasoning

Microbiology

Middle School Science

Organic Chemistry

Other

Physical Science

Physiology

Pre-Algebra

Psychology

Public Speaking

REGENTS Prep

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Science

SHSAT Prep

Social Sciences

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

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

I first assess the student's needs, then work to convey understanding of the material, and finish by practicing what we've gone over and discussing strategies for exams/homework in the future.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I usually have students make study guides while I teach, and show the students how I condense information from lectures and textbooks into notes.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I always keep the focus of a session positive and goal-oriented, using short-term achievement of small goals as a lead-in to long-term achievement of larger goals.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I love drawing parallels to entertaining applications. My favorite examples of this are using the TV show "Breaking Bad" to teach organic chemistry or "The Walking Dead" to teach about infectious disease.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I find that short, timed practice tests are a good gauge of understanding.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I like to show students that Google can answer nearly all their questions without my help, but I also have a number of textbooks and self-written practice problems at my disposal.