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I am a recent graduate of the Honors College at Oregon State University. I majored in nutrition as a pre-medical student and I couldn't imagine taking a term without science classes. My interest in science grew into a passion for medicine that has now led me to working at the hospital at UC Irvine and working with younger students to discover their academic passion in science as well.

I love to learn! It's a passion I hope that you will share too. I've always been the go-to person for my friends when it came to science homework and I loved spending the time teaching them. I remember that in high school, science wasn't my strongest subject, but in college it just clicked. It would've been hard to believe back in high school that I would be graduating college as a pre-medical student and already hearing back from medical schools. I would love to help other students have a similar experience in understanding the world of science.

I'm planning on going to medical school next year and I believe this illustrates my ambition and qualities. I'm calm, patient, and kind while also being driven to aid in others' success. Not only do I work well with other people but as a future physician, I strive to help them in any way I can. I will listen to students' questions with sincerity and answer them to the best of my ability, as well as give students tips that helped me succeed with studying. I understand that every student learns differently and I am confident I can adapt and personalize my tutoring style for anyone.

Here is relevant coursework I have taken that will help me succeed in teaching students science material: General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Physics, Immunology, Anatomy & Physiology, Parasitology, Statistics, General Nutrition, Nutrition Through the Life Cycle, Issues in Nutrition, Human Nutrition Science, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Medical Terminology. I was an Honors College student and completed a cellular and molecular research thesis on melanoma.

I look forward from hearing from you and helping you achieve academic success!

Erika’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Oregon State University - Bachelors, Nutrition

Test Scores

MCAT Biological Sciences: 12


Traveling around the world, cooking healthy food, long-distance running, and medical volunteering

Tutoring Subjects

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology


College Biology

High School Biology




Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe a tutor must be adaptive to every student. Everyone learns differently and to be able to identify the best way to learn is an important task for both the student and tutor. Whether the student feels best talking through the material out loud, creating color-coded diagrams, or working with models, I like to come up with creative and effective approaches to learning. When a student becomes interested and excited to learn the material, we can use that momentum to tackle difficult concepts and achieve the short-term and long-term goals the student and I have previously set. I think being supportive, optimistic, and patient with their academic success will make teaching sessions enjoyable and effective for the student. I like to find out what students already know and use that confidence to identify the areas they struggle with. Then, guiding them with questions, practice problems, and teaching tools, rather than simply lecturing, will allow them to master the material.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would first like to get to know the student: what their interests are outside of school and their career goals, if they have any. Building a personal relationship will allow us to connect and understand each other. I want the student to know that I am excited and supportive of their successes and struggles, especially in school. Because I have had them too. I don't want to hold impossible standards, and if the student feels comfortable sharing their academic progress with me or any obstacles that are holding them back, we can work better together to achieve their goals. As for the material to be learned, I like to get a sense of how much the student already knows and use that to develop confidence and enthusiasm to learn more. This also helps us to formulates a schedule and set goals so we can focus on the topics that matter and not waste time on what they already know. The student will share with me what they hope to achieve in the long-run, and we'll break that down into smaller, more manageable tasks. With all of this done during the first session, I'll be able to set up a positive environment for the student to learn.