I love biology and I love teaching! My undergraduate degree is in molecular biology from Princeton and I am currently earning my Ph.D. in computational biology from Yale. At Yale I gained experience as a teaching assistant for undergraduate biology courses, as well as an outreach program where I helped teach genetics lessons at several Connecticut middle schools. I'm now in the process of writing my Ph.D. thesis and will continue pursuing my passions in biology and in teaching as I work toward becoming a university professor. Besides being knowledgeable and patient, I know that every student has a different learning style and I quickly tailor my teaching so my students can lean in a manner that best suits them. I would love to be able to help you succeed!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Princeton University - Bachelor in Arts, Molecular Biology
Graduate Degree: Yale University - PHD, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
AP Biology: 5
AP Statistics: 5
AP English Language: 4
AP US History: 5
Besides teaching and biology, I like hiking, cooking, Theodore Roosevelt, and the color orange.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Besides being patient and knowledgeable, tutoring styles need to be matched to the individual student; everyone is different!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session (besides getting to know the student, of course), it is important to establish the student's current abilities, understand (or help set) his/her goals, and make an action plan to reach those goals in the desired time frame. The next step it to establish which teaching methods work best for the student, which will be continuously personalized during teaching sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Becoming an independent learner is difficult, and everybody (not just every student) has their own personal road blocks. Sometimes it's a lack of motivation or confidence, while other times it might be an issue of time management. Everyone is different, but it starts with identifying the barriers and then making a plan to overcome them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is extremely important, but everyone is different; finding out what works for a student is the key. For some students, positive comments or improving their scores will be a big source of motivation. For others, ties to real life or the future can be more compelling. Trying out many strategies at once and then focusing in on what works for the student will help him or her stay motivated.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Explaining the big picture and overall goal of process from the very beginning, something many teachers and textbooks don't do until the end, can be a very helpful anchor for a student to better understand the details as they are explained. From there, making diagrams and organizing those diagrams in different ways can help to understand the interaction between components of a system. Finally, if a student has more experience with the material, having the student try to explain a concept to me is an *excellent* way of identifying which areas need more study or have been misunderstood.