I began my tutoring career as a chemistry teaching assistant while obtaining my undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Augusta University. During my time as an undergrad, I focused intently on organic chemistry with an emphasis on pharmacology. It was during this time that I also conducted research in medicinal chemistry at Georgia State University.
After completing my undergraduate coursework, I moved to Hawaii to study acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. While I was working on my master's degree I worked as an instructor for pharmacy technicians and medical assistants at Heald College and Hawaii Medical College.
Working as an instructor while attending classes taught me how valuable a student's time is and showed me how difficult balancing work, school, and family can be. I feel that this experience has helped me to connect with my students by showing me how to identify and remove learning barriers to ensure success.
Currently, I am residing in Arizona in the next phase of my academic journey. Looking back, I never would have thought that my path would have taken the course that it has but the goal has always been the same medical school. Now with my academic finish-line in sight, I am here to help students achieve their goals, realize their true potential, and overcome their fears. My time as an instructor has helped me to demystify the learning process and as a life-long learner I have picked up more than a few tricks along the way.
Whenever possible I try to break down lessons into their core concepts to form a strong foundation for future progress utilizing repetition, mnemonics, and productive study habits. I want to give my students the tools they need to succeed so that they can find their way and achieve their best life.
When I am not consumed by my coursework, I like to hang out with my partner and our dogs, eat good food, go hiking, camping, and make trips to the beach. If the weather is bad, I'll find a good show to stream or play video games.
Currently, my favorite courses are anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. I am basically a science nerd and I enjoy sharing my love of learning with others. Even if it has been several years since I have seen the material, I enjoy the thrill of relearning something I have forgotten as a team. After all, the learning never stops, and there is always something to be discovered if you dig a littler deeper.
Undergraduate Degree: Augusta State University - Bachelors, Biochemistry
Graduate Degree: World Medicine Institute - Masters, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Outside of School: Good food, hiking, soccer, the beach, my dogs, friends, gaming. In school: Science, medicine, health, and wherever they happen to intersect.
Anatomy & Physiology
High School Biology
PTCE - Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Coding
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that "The learning never stops." It doesn't matter what level you are at in your development, there is always potential for growth. It is impossible to know everything, and therefore, we have everything to learn.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
When I meet with a student for the first time, I try to make sure that the student feels comfortable making mistakes. Everyone loves to be right, but it can be unsettling to be wrong. When you are afraid to move forward out of fear of making the wrong choice, you can become paralyzed and there is no growth. To learn we must make mistakes, and to grow we must seek challenge.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It is easy to become discouraged, especially late in the academic term. To keep students motivated I have them make both short and long-term goals. Without something to work towards, it is often easy to become disillusioned. Setting and achieving goals is a critical component to maintaining a positive, motivated state of mind.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
One of the biggest barriers to learning is fear. The fear of being wrong or the fear of making mistakes often prevent a student from trying. By showing students that they already have all the tools they need to succeed, I feel that I instill the confidence that students need to become independent learners
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student has difficulty understanding, I try to present that concept or skill in a different way or from a different point of view. Often times it helps to develop a dialogue that reaches a logical conclusion [the learning objective] in order that the student understands the underlying process or reasoning behind a given concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
If a student was struggling with reading comprehension I'd suggest that they take a break. As we study, retention slowly decreases. By taking regular breaks we allow our brain to relax and "make room" for new information. Once the student is relaxed they should return to work. Furthermore, by breaking large reading assignments into smaller "chunks" information can be more easily assimilated and retained.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When working with a new student it is very important to listen and keep an open mind. The irony of the first session with a student is that I, the tutor, have the most to learn. By actively listening and checking for understanding I can more adequately ensure success for my students.