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.
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
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1550
SAT Math: 780
SAT Verbal: 730
SAT Writing: 760
Boxing, theater, medicine, the outdoors
10th Grade Writing
MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Science
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
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.