I think it is important to know that students tutored by me not only receive help understanding key concepts in their courses but improved studying habits that will assist them in their future academic endeavors. I have been an advocate for the advancement and growth STEM education since my freshman year of undergrad. I've found one of the best ways to enhance STEM education is to make sure students understand key concepts and receive quality assistance outside the classroom in the form of tutoring. I am a graduate student that was recently accepted to Thomas Jefferson University's doctorate program in "Genetics, Genomics and Cancer Biology" after completing my Bachelors of Science in "Molecular and Cell Biology" at Florida Atlantic University. I have won numerous awards for academic excellence and scientific research as an undergraduate student, which can be seen in detail on my Curriculum Vitae upon request. I have tutored biomedical sciences coursework ranging from general biology to Cancer biology, and privately tutored high school students over the years in biology courses. As a tutor I am focused on maximizing a student's strengths, while directly targeting weaknesses in subject material and studying habits during our time together.
Undergraduate Degree: Florida Atlantic University - Bachelors, Molecular and Cell Biology
Graduate Degree: Thomas Jefferson University - PHD, Cancer Biology and Genetics
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What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is centered on maximizing strengths of students and targeting their weaknesses. Teaching great study habits are a big part of helping a student improve academically.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Identify a student's strengths and weaknesses, as well as get them into a studying routine that will streamline our sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learning is a result of proper study technique and a strong foundation of basic concepts.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Improvements in grades are a great motivator; as tutoring persists, students will be self-motivated to continue to do well.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Simplifying concepts with analogies is a great way to make them more easily understood.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Identifying their weaknesses from the beginning, as well as making a student feel comfortable in the tutoring session.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Starting with revisiting basic concepts to build confidence, then moving on to more complex and difficult material that may be troubling them.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Practice problems are a great way to measure a student's understanding.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Diagrams, concept webs, pictures and videos.