I am UC Irvine graduate with a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. I am currently working towards earning my M.D. at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. I have five years experience tutoring a variety of subjects to students of all ages and learning levels. I feel that education is necessary and important in improving ones life, and that my role as a tutor is to package the course material into a digestible and easy-to-learn fashion. Outside of school, you can usually find me somewhere in the ocean freediving or taking photos.
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelors, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Graduate Degree: University of Colorado Denver - Current Grad Student, Medicine
freediving, ocean photography, football
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that learning should be interactive and self-directed. I try to reflect this in my tutoring sessions by breaking down concepts in a simple fashion, and engage the student in the material until the student feels comfortable with the material.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
After spending some time getting acquainted I typically ask the student which subjects they are seeking help with. I follow up with diagnostic questions that explore these areas to make sure I can tailor the tutoring sessions to their needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I help students become independent learners by teaching them to become self-directed learners; that is, to be motivated to try to learn the material on their own with each attempt, identify weak areas, and improve them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by moving through course material at their own pace, and challenging them at a level that will still promote time-sensitive progress required by each class, but still at a comfortable pace.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When students present with a difficulty in understanding the course material, I first ask them to explain it to me in their own words. Then I ask clarification questions to open up these areas of struggle. I follow that with explaining the course material in a simplified manner. After working on this material (practice problems, etc.), I review with the student throughout the session and again at the next session.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I help promote reading comprehension by explaining the words with examples, and expanding on concepts/technical terms in easy-to-understand words.