I received my BS in biochemistry from Colorado State University in 2013. My undergraduate studies unveiled a love and passion for the natural sciences including maths, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, physiology, endocrinology, immunology, etc. My favorite subjects to tutor are chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, and immunology. During my undergraduate I worked in a research laboratory where I successfully completed an independent thesis funded by the the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). After graduation I worked in the medical and chemical industries. I simultaneously worked part time as an immunization specialist in a doctor's office, and full time as lead chemist in a food nutritional laboratory. I plan to return to academia next year to get my PhD in cellular biology.
For me, education is a cornerstone to a successful life, and I want my student to achieve all they are capable of. I want to foster a safe learning environment, encourage questions, and have the student feel that comprehension is obtainable. My intention is not to just give the correct answer, but to put the student into situations where they can work through problems, and feel proud when they succeed. I will try my best to make sure the student can do their best. I am extremely passionate, dedicated, and patient, and will use all of my experience and skills to help students feel confident come test day.
Outside of academia, I enjoy being outdoors and active. I love skiing, tennis, and hiking. Reading mystery novels, and cooking are other activities that I enjoy doing when I am not in the lab.
Colorado State University-Fort Collins - Bachelors, Biochemistry
What is your teaching philosophy?
Slow and steady working at the student’s pace.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
See what the student thinks they need to work on. Ask them what they think their strengths and weaknesses are.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Show them that learning is fun!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive reinforcement and constant encouragement.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try a different way of explaining it and show examples.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being patient and always having a smile.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Be interested yourself.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Try and tie concepts together from old material and relate it to new material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Practice, practice, practice.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Help them break down each sentence to reveal the crucial information.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By the comfort and confidence the student has with the material.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Constantly. Each student has individual needs, likes, and dislikes from question to question. My teaching style needs to match the student’s needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
If it works, anything and everything.