After graduating from UC San Diego with a Bachelors Degree in Human Biology with a minor in Psychology, I went on to the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and obtained my Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. I have provided educational presentations and one-on-one learning experiences to graduate students, undergraduates, high school students and elementary students as well as spent hours educating healthcare professionals and the public through my pharmacy experience. I enjoy tutoring in many science areas along with PCAT & graduate test prep. I feel that taking time to understand the 'big picture' concepts can lead to improved retention of the material studied. I enjoy a relaxed tutoring atmosphere, where questions are encouraged and mistakes are seen as an opportunity to grow. In my spare time I enjoy surfing, trying new restaurants and playing the drums.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelors, Human Biology
Graduate Degree: University of Colorado Denver - PHD, Pharmacy
PCAT Verbal Ability: 417
PCAT Biology: 404
PCAT Reading Comprehension: 439
PCAT Chemistry: 421
Surfing, playing drums, travel
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I feel that finding a way to approach the material that works best for you can lead to the best results.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A first session typically includes a review of what our goals are, finding our starting point within the material, and determining what time frame we are working with. Determining our approach based on the student's learning style is also discussed.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping a student find how they best learn differing types of material is one of my priorities to help them develop independent learning skills. Planning ahead and scheduling study times, along with time to reflect on the progress made, are also important.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Take a step back and work on understanding the background knowledge related to the difficult subject. I also try explaining the concept in several different ways until we find a way that works best with the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By breaking each passage down to understandable segments, we start to paint the picture and are able to put them all together at the end.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Having the student teach me the material, informal quiz questions, and asking about the material from differing perspectives.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Taking time to reflect on progress made and how it fits into the big picture is a great way to build confidence in a subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Open communication is key to evaluating a student's needs. I try to find the overarching goal and fit the smaller progress goals within that picture.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I spend time finding out which of several learning styles works best for the student, and I remember that it can change for different subjects.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that planning for the next quiz/exam helps to focus our work and breaks down the course into smaller, more manageable sections.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By finding a way to relate the subject to their interests, and add on some real-world examples to make the subject more accessible.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use the student's provided materials (lectures, class notes, textbook, etc.) primarily, but also reference some of my previous school materials as necessary to clarify certain points.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By providing a clear path to their goals.