I am a current University of Minnesota medical student. I have earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Music from the College of Saint Benedict and Masters of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University and was a professor of Anatomy and Physiology prior to medical school. I am very enthusiastic about Anatomy and Physiology and aim to bring that enthusiasm into the classroom with energy, positivity, and humor.
I believe that every student learns differently and that it is important to determine each student's unique learning style. I come with an arsenal of ideas, activities and strategies for making the memorization and learning processes as efficient and enjoyable as possible. I also believe it is important to teach students the skills to study independently so that they may forge into their educational future successfully.
In my spare time I like to sing, run, bike, cook, XC ski, and practice yoga.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: College of Saint Benedict - Bachelors, Biology and Vocal Performance
Graduate Degree: Georgetown University - Masters, Physiology and Biophysics
Yoga, cooking, singing, painting!
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student I would begin by discussing what the student is already doing to study; how much time he/she is spending and what he/she is spending that time doing. We would then determine the student's unique learning style (visual, aural, read/write, or kinesthetic). From there, we can set some goals. For example, perhaps a goal is obtaining a B or higher on the next exam. Then we need to determine what type of material the student is struggling with and identify some different ways for the student to synthesize and study that information.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Learning is an active process. The student will learn a variety of methods for learning actively; he or she will be able to appropriately select and apply these methods to new material in the future.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The key to staying motivated is having a feeling of accomplishment, like the time spent has been meaningful. Setting a reasonable goal and meeting that goal during a tutoring session delivers that feeling of achievement that is crucial to maintaining motivation. Another big factor in staying motivated is having a good time while studying.