As a master's student and former medical student, I know how challenging academics can be. I also know how having a helping hand, a guidance through the confusion, can help one gain confidence in themselves to excel. From tutoring children to post-graduates, I have seen that all students (no matter their age, level of education, strengths, weaknesses, etc.) who are willing to learn can succeed.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Youngstown State University - Bachelors, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Youngstown State University - Masters, Public Health
MCAT Physical Sciences: 11
MCAT Verbal Reasoning: 11
Rowing, reading, teaching
10th Grade Math
11th Grade Math
Anatomy & Physiology
MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
Elementary School Math
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
IB Further Mathematics
IB Mathematical Studies
MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Middle School Science
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, the student and I usually discuss their goals and what specifically they would like to improve over time.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By developing a love for learning and positive outlook.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By creating an environment of positive reinforcement and teaching determination.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would go back to the basics and reinforce the concepts with examples.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Reinforcement of the basic concepts and practice.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
With positive reinforcement and practice.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By having the student show me their most recent work and determining their weaknesses.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Usually, I bring a laptop to pull up examples and figures, as well as pen and paper for scratch work.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Any student can excel, it simply takes the right guidance and positivity.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By helping the student identify the main ideas of each paragraph, teaching a student how to scan a passage, and having the student write a summary of the passage.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Establishing positive rapport, understanding their individual needs and abilities, accommodating to those, and reinforcing a student's confidence.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By creating relatable/real world examples, incorporating their interests into examples, and using music/videos/media to engage the student.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By first determining their strengths and weaknesses, and creating lessons catered to the student's needs.