I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a current medical student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Hispanic Studies while completing the pre-medicine science track and a minor in nutrition. I have extensive experience tutoring high school students as well as adult learners in math, science, and Spanish, having worked for a year as a GED instructor at a local community center. As part of my studies in nutrition, I did research and wrote my honors thesis on a topic in nutritional biochemistry as well as completed a semester of research on the microbiota in our gut. As such, biochemistry in particular is a topic about which I am very passionate and feel very at home teaching, especially with respect to metabolism. In addition to the sciences, I also have a great deal of love for Spanish. I studied abroad in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Argentina, where I lived with host families during my stays, and I worked for a year as a medical interpreter at a children's hospital. My GED instructor position was actually for students who would be taking the exam in Spanish, so I have experience with a wide range of vocabulary. Having taken advanced courses in both Spanish grammar and literature, I find that I can help students with formal grammar as well as with reading comprehension and composition. My strategy is typically to teach families of words rather than isolated vocabulary (the noun, verb, adjective, etc.) and to employ formal grammatical terminology only if the student enjoys that sort of thing. When it comes to teaching science, my strategy is all about examples: explain the concept broadly and then dive into progressively more difficult examples. Trust me, this is the most entertaining way to learn. In all of my subjects, though, I try to capitalize on students' curiosity. I like to think that I offer a pleasantly nerdy enthusiasm for the subjects I teach, and I think it keeps things interesting. In my spare time, I LOVE to play music with friends, and I also volunteer as an interpreter.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Tennessee - Bachelor in Arts, Spanish Language and Hispanic Studies
ACT Composite: 30
Nutrition, Music, Medicine
6th Grade Science
7th Grade Science
8th Grade Science
Anatomy & Physiology
Elementary School Science
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
Middle School Science
Q & A
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Number one: be patient. Never judge a student for not getting it the first time. Always find multiple ways to explain ideas.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Assess where they are, and don't make assumptions about what they know. Help them differentiate between what can be memorized to move on and what needs to be understood.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Meet them where they are. Find out about them, and relate the subject to something in their life. "You ever wonder why a light saber would never work?"
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Have students guide you through an example after doing several together.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Always give students an opportunity to be right. If you make the lesson a conversation where you constantly ask them questions (even simple ones), they get to be right enough to stay confident.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Ask first if the student would prefer you operate one way or another based on past experience. Pay attention to body language and social cues.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Memorize the BARE minimum. Come to understand the concepts through examples. If you have to use memorization, find reasons anywhere you can along the way to explain why the fundamentals are the way they are.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Go over answer choices and have them argue for or against each. It's always about going back to the text with reading comprehension.