I am currently a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying Neuroscience on the pre-med track. I am also applying to medical school at the moment. I hope to pursue a career in surgery. I do research at the UIC Hospital under an esteemed general surgeon and assistant professor at the College of Medicine. My research in bariatric surgery has been recognized by a variety of organizations. Some of those include presentations at the National Obesity Week Conference in Los Angeles, the Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium in Las Vegas and an abstract publication in one of the highest ranking international medical journals in the world, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. I have also worked as a tutor and mentor for an organization that serves high school students in the CPS system through an after school program. I love working with students and I feel that I have a wide range of knowledge and advice to offer to the success of students on my community. Some of my interests include riding motorcycles, hiking, camping, volunteering, going to concerts and doing anything adventurous, such as sky diving. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
University of Illinois at Chicago - Current Undergrad, Neuroscience
ACT Composite: 30
ACT English: 32
ACT Reading: 35
Elementary School Math
High School Biology
High School English
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student has the potential to succeed. They just need to know that there are people committed to helping them reach their goals.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First sessions are wonderful! It gives the tutor and student an opportunity to introduce themselves and become comfortable working together. I will then be able to understand how to relate to them and come up with the most efficient strategies for that particular student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
When students ask me for help on a question, I will not give away the answer. I tend to ask them simple questions, breaking down the problem into smaller parts and offer tips on approaching the question. This leads to the development of common strategies that will be useful in a multitude of situations. This way, the student can solve problems on their own once they begin to recognize clues and develop strategies.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Incentives are a fantastic way to keep a student motivated. I have experience working with Chicago Public High School students in an after school tutoring and mentor program. I have learned that by using tactics such as "You have to come to tutoring every day for the next two weeks until your XXXX exam. If you come, work hard without getting distracted and get an A on your XXXX exam, I will bring you XXXXX." What I bring would depend on the student and what incentive would motivate them. Incentives are great to use and they promote self-motivation as well. When a student completes a goal for a reward, it also will give them a sense of accomplishment seeing a great grade, and eventually the grade is worth more than the reward itself.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break down the skill or concept into smaller ones. After the student can understand and apply the smaller, fundamental objectives, we can then easily combine them together. This is a holistic view of teaching, showing how smaller parts work together to create the big picture.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I like to start by having the student read out loud to me then ask them questions concerning main ideas and supporting details, the author's message, etc. If they cannot answer these questions sufficiently, I have them read to themselves but actively, underlining words they do not recognize and writing in the margins. Active reading helps the student focus on the topic at hand because they are looking for certain things
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I use a variety of methods for different subjects. One of my most effective methods has been to color code, whether it is various steps in a math problem or different ideas presented in a reading. It is a method most students love because it helps to easily separate things visually
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try relating how the subject will help them in the future and try to explain topics using their interests as examples in problem solving
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would do small assessments throughout the entire learning process so that they grasp the fundamentals then give them comprehensive quizzes to further evaluate their progress
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement builds confidence in any situation. The goal is to help the student reach their full potential so it is quite helpful when you tell them that they are doing a great job. By also giving small quizzes, it will physically show them that they are improving.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate needs by doing initial assessments. Then I can see what areas to focus on.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I have worked with a wide range of students, varying from 2nd grade all the way through high school students, so I am accustomed to all types of learning styles.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use note cards, color pens/pencils, learning games and I like to create sample quizzes and questions if we are preparing for an exam or quiz