I have been in your shoes before; don't worry, the grass is greener if you put the effort to get to the other side. My personal philosophy in approaching the MCAT, or any science course for that matter, is to build connections between topics to be able to bring them to consciousness quicker. I believe that the new MCAT format plays to the strengths of more pre-medical students.That being said, this test emphasizes on our manipulation of knowledge and thus working effectively through our dense network. I am currently completing my Master's at Case Western Reserve University with the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. I have lived in Florida for almost all of my life and I surprisingly don't go to the beach enough.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Case Western Reserve University - Master of Science, Biophysics and Physiology
MCAT Biological Sciences: 132
MCAT Physical Sciences: 129
research, including medical research as well as physics and astrophysics research. Playing basketball, Bhangra dancing, community outreach.
3rd Grade Science
4th Grade Science
5th Grade Science
6th Grade Science
7th Grade Science
8th Grade Science
Anatomy & Physiology
MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
CLEP Introductory Psychology
CLEP Introductory Sociology
Elementary School Science
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
Middle School Science
MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
You can't expect to be an effective tutor if your approach to the subject is the same for each student. Adapting to students' needs is pivotal in tutoring.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask the student to come with a list of 3 weaknesses and 3 strengths. If we can locate what we can build on and revamp, we can make the most of each session.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
They have to realize that the MCAT is major determinant and predictor of your future success in medical school. For many, this dream has been in their sights for years if not decades; work hard without distractions to achieve.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By working through each problem the student gets wrong as well as ones they get right. We should all be celebrated sometimes to help us move forward.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Help build context and provide the principle on which the concept is built. Everything has layers, filling in each layer will create a clearer frame of reference.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Work slowly to figure out a method of attacking verbal passages. Either a note-taking method or mental outline method may prove to be beneficial.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Often I ask the student to teach me a topic they feel confident in, and one they do not feel confident it. this allows them to find their weaknesses.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate the information to exciting or even satiric references.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Having them teach me a sub-topic within the subject.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Starting off with easier questions which build into hard ones. Also, spending time on questions they get wrong helps them realize how to move past it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I will ask them a range of questions to evaluate how well they can manipulate the information.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I have had to very commonly shift from a more conceptual framework to a more methodical, rote memorization approach. Given the different characteristics of each student, it wouldn't be fair if I had the same blanket approach.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
My own materials that have had proven success, as well as materials which have been approved by the governing testing body (i.e. AAMC).