My goal is to help students overcome their academic barriers. I don't believe that inherent intelligence is the key to success. In my case, what has allowed me to be successful as a student throughout my studies from high school to graduate school was finding relevance of my studies to my daily life. This allowed me to make connections with familiar circumstances and made unfamiliar subjects less intimidating, which boosted my self confidence, allowed me to follow along better in class, and increased my participation. I believe there are many reasons that students struggle, and my tutoring philosophy is to find the core issues that are preventing a student from succeeding in the classroom. My ultimate goal is to help my students establish a mastery of the subject matter so they become comfortable with the material. This will give them a foundation to approach exams with a calm and clear mind. I hope to help students enjoy what they learn and help them grow academically.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelors, Bioengineering/Pre-Med
Graduate Degree: Cornell University - Masters, Biomedical Engineering
My interests are Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis, Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Physics, Scientific Research in Biology and Physics, Robotics and Space exploration, Computers, Programming, Video games.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I try to get to the core of the main issue and set a foundation that will lead to success later in the student's course.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would talk to the student and see where we can find gaps in knowledge. I would instill confidence in their abilities and set reasonable expectations for the rate of progress they should expect.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student becomes an independent learner by learning how to approach problems with a perspective that works for their learning style. They need to apply the course material in a way that gives them a deep understanding of the subject matter and is relevant to both their experiences and daily lives. They need to understand that mastery of the material is different than familiarity with it.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Students are inherently motivated by positive success. Even if a student does poorly on an exam, there are important aspects of what they did right that can influence their self-confidence and motivate them. By focusing on the positives and learning from mistakes, a student will be successful.