I am a recent University of Texas graduate. I am a pre-medical student working on applying to medical school for the 2017 entry cycle. My degree is in Human Biology, but I enjoy teaching all STEM related subjects.
I have previous experience in tutoring privately for families. I tutored elementary and middle school aged students in a YMCA Outreach program for a year. I also worked as a Peer Mentor for the Chemistry Emerging Scholars program at the University of Texas at Austin, where I tutored 20-30 students twice weekly on freshmen general chemistry. I love working with people and really enjoy teaching others.
I also will be tutoring MCAT prep for students preparing for medical school. I previously took the test in January of 2016 and self-studied. I am very committed to helping pre-medical students reach their goals.
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelors, Human Biology
Golf, Yoga, Running, Exercise
MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
Elementary School Reading
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Study Skills and Organization
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I typically call ahead and discuss the needs of the student with the parent and student. I like to prepare for my sessions so that the student can get the most out of their service. Whether that means bringing a worksheet to help the student with concepts they are struggling with or helping the student review an exam or homework, I am happy to help!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The old adage goes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for life." Students are often overwhelmed by the material they are presented with either in amount or in depth. The key to helping students is to enable them with the knowledge of how to seek tools for their success. For me, this often means showing students how to prepare for their courses through examples of exam preparation such as drills, teaching them how to explore their calculators, or even educating them on what resources exist online for them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Students often get frustrated or even discouraged by difficult courses. I find the best way to keep a student motivated is to encourage them in their abilities and if possible remind them of their growth in understanding the material.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Every student speaks in a different language. I aim to identify and teach in that language. By identifying how the student learns best (e.g. auditory, visual, kinesthetic), I am able to provide material in that format. I also aim to speak in the student’s language in terms of their interests. If a student is interested in sports, I might, for example, relate physics back to basketball or baseball when possible.