Hello! I I am currently a med student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and will be graduating in 2017. I have taken the MCAT, Steps 1 and 2, and am well acquainted with standardized test taking! With each test, I've had to adapt my own learning style and I can help students do the same to maximize their potential.
I started tutoring writing classes in college, and have since tutored students in physiology, molecular biology, and a variety of other subjects. I also have many years of basic science laboratory experience, which helps me to apply abstract concepts to real-world experiments. I hope to convey my love of science and teaching to students, to help them pursue their academic goals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelors, 1) Physiology, 2) Literature and Writing
Graduate Degree: Case Western Reserve University - Current Grad Student, Medicine
Reading, writing, surfing, running
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe my role as a tutor is to facilitate the learning process. Studying is hard; it takes discipline and hard work, but I can help keep you motivated and help you identify roadblocks to your success. By breaking down difficult concepts into manageable pieces I can help you feel more confident with even the most difficult material. I prefer to help students figure things out on their own rather than just spoon-feed them concepts. I believe this independent style of learning not only strengthens neural connections in the brain, but also builds confidence so that you feel empowered to learn more and keep accomplishing.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learning requires patience and a can-do attitude that comes from previous experiences and overcoming challenges. I make learning an interactive experience that allows students to build this competence and confidence over time so they ready to tackle difficult topics. By providing opportunities for independent learning as well as careful guidance, I aim to strike a good balance to encourage students to become independent learners.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation comes from verbal affirmations but also from within. By helping students achieve more, they in turn feel more confident about their abilities and difficult questions become engaging challenges and opportunities to showcase what they know. Reframing the learning experience as dynamic and exciting, allows me to keep students motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Any difficult concept can be broken down into smaller manageable pieces. If students are struggling with those smaller concepts, I go back and re-assess their background knowledge. Sometimes it helps to address their foundational knowledge before moving forward. With a solid foundation and a plan for moving forward, even the most difficult idea can be easily mastered.