I am a naturopathic medical student at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. I have my Bachelor of Science in biology from The Ohio State University. I have gained tremendous confidence in my capabilities through educational commitment and believe personal growth comes with true dedication. I focus on time-efficiency, utilizing my resources, and organization for academic success. Medical school allowed me the opportunity to dissect cadavers for one year, which greatly benefited my knowledge of human anatomy. My other areas of expertise include physiology, microbiology, and immunology. As a tutor, I want to encourage enthusiasm and share the reward of academic accomplishment. My ultimate goal is to become a board certified naturopathic oncologist. Aside from studying I enjoying hiking, skiing, painting, reading, and cooking. I am excited to work with you as a Varsity Tutor!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Ohio State University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Biology, Pre-Health Sciences
Graduate Degree: National College of Natural Medicine - Current Grad Student, Naturopathic Doctorate
hiking, skiing, painting, cooking, reading
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Reward comes with dedication and willingness to learn. If you take the time to learn the foundation of your subject, the details will be easier to incorporate. The bigger picture will become clearer as time progresses. Understand your learning style and experiment with new techniques. There can be a variety ways to study various subjects, examples including reading supplemental texts, creating charts and flow charts, drawing, creating mnemonics, etc.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would meet them where they are at with the material. First understand your baseline and in what ways the student needs help. I would ask, "What can I do for you as your tutor? What are your goals for this area of subject?" I am all about starting from the beginning and making sure the foundation is understand correctly before going too far into detail.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By teaching them new ways to learn the material. I want to help the student find the most beneficial and efficient way to learn the information. I want to make sure they believe in themselves and have the confidence to be successful in their area of study.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Introduce a new way of looking at the material. Perhaps drawing a picture or making a chart would bring a new insight. Also, making sure the information is organized in a way that makes learning the material most useful. I understand lecture slides can be disorganized or the way the information if presented to the student in class isn't the way they understand it best. I would bring more attention the area of study and follow up with repetition and memory recall.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Creating an outline of the objectives we want to accomplish first. Identifying which area is most important and/or which area needs the most work.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would emphasize how it relates to the "real world." I understand how being a student can give you tunnel vision, but there is an ultimate goal, whether it's passing the class for graduation or using this information as a foundation for their future career.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask them questions to recall the information or create a mini assessment, such as a few written questions or fill-in-the-blank chart. I also enjoy comparison charts. For example: fill in the transmission method, etiology, and lab results for a patient with Hepatitis A, B, and C.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would validate their progress by bringing their attention to the information they understand and are capable of learning.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
First, I would ask the student what they believe their needs are in the subject. Then, I would go into more specific questions about the area of subject to see where they are with the material. Perhaps the student is overly confident and I am able to bring awareness to the areas they could use more work on.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I identify the student's learning style: if they like pictures, diaphragms, flow-charts, reading textbooks, creating mnemonics, using colors, organizing their notes, reading lecture slides, etc...
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I enjoy making comparison charts, flow diagrams, and organizing the material in a way that makes learning most efficient. Materials will be a laptop, paper, highlighters, colored pencils, Microsoft Word, Excel, etc...
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would provide encouragement to read more on their free time. Pick any book they find interesting and read it before bed or when they need a break from school. I like having a book to casually read through all the subjects I currently study. It helps breaks up the monotony, builds vocabulary, and enhances reading comprehension.