I am recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. I have spent the past few months working as a teaching assistant for both high school and undergraduate students in a lab setting. Because of these work experiences, I have gained skills in teaching both technical lab skills and biological concepts as well as learning how to be versatile in my teaching methods in order to match the academic level of the student at hand. I held extra office and lab hours while working as a microbiology lab teaching assistant to ensure that my students had all of the necessary skills and resources to excel in their course, and additionally, opened my door to students in other sections as well. I was responsible for teaching the undergraduate students scientific writing skills and was the liaison between the professor's requirements and the students work. I did all of the grading for research papers, lab assignments, and other scientific writing and provided detailed feedback for each assignment. I also have experience writing research proposals through a graduate level environmental microbiology course and a scientific grant writing internship.
I believe that a student's passion for a subject mirrors the teachers excitement so I try to be as enthusiastic about the subject I am teaching as I possibly can. I have an undeniable love for science and read scientific journals in my spare time, so I can stay up to date on new discoveries and molecular methods. I aim to coach students to not only learn concepts they are struggling with, but additionally teach them critical thinking skills that will aid them in the future. I love using visual aids to help teach difficult concepts and believe that reinforcing basic knowledge is the first step in building a strong understanding of a subject. In a nutshell, I love seeing a student grasp a new concept and I believe I have the tools to guide them to that eureka moment.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Cruz - Bachelor of Science, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
ACT Reading: 32
Reading, crafting, spending time with friends, and outdoor activities.
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
7th Grade Science
8th Grade Science
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Science
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would initially ask some introductory questions to gauge what level the student was at in terms of knowing the subject matter. From there, I would go over the basics of what I felt they did not understand, and begin to build a strong core of the concepts before moving on to the tougher aspects of the subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching students critical thinking skills and study skills is absolutely vital in order for them to become an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive reinforcement! Struggling with a new concept can be frustrating, so it is important to remind students that they are doing well and moving forward.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Go back to the basics! It is important to remind a student what they already know, and then ask probing questions to help coach them to thinking about the bigger picture. I also am a huge fan of visual aids and drawing out difficult ideas in a step-by-step fashion.