I am a driven, hardworking medical student, and have done my best to take my learning and knowledge beyond the classroom. I have shown my commitment to education through tutoring in several settings. I worked during medical school as a tutor for over two years in subjects such as Physiology, Biochemistry, Clinical Medicine, Pathology and Pharmacology. During the summer between my first and second year of medical school, I worked as a Pre-matriculation teacher and developed and implemented the curriculum for the incoming first-year medical students in the subject of Physiology. I have also invested time in creating an interactive Neuroscience activity geared toward high school students which I taught during a regional Brain Bee competition as well as at a local high school. During my undergraduate years at Rutgers Newark, I tutored college students in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics for two years. I am enthusiastic to apply my knowledge and systematic method of reviewing difficult concepts to Varsity Tutors and look forward to helping students excel.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers University-Newark - Bachelors, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Current Grad Student, Medicine
Anatomy & Physiology
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning best occurs when education is delivered from the ground up. It is like making a house of knowledge with a strong foundation in fundamental concepts. This will ensure that the learning is based in understanding instead of rote memorization.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Most importantly, I would get to know the student. Secondly, I would ask the student to tell me where he or she is struggling and assess if there is a true understanding of where he or she needs help.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Once I go over a concept that the student has struggled with, I would ask the student to re-teach the concept to me. Not only would that ensure that he or she has truly grasped the material, but also would give them confidence that they can do it. I would also not give them a direct answer to every question but rather would work with them to figure out the answer together so that they would learn the methodology I use to learn.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If a student is struggling with a heavy concept, I would break that concept down into small chunks and have them master those small bits and then have them put it all together. In my opinion, that would motivate them and empower them in their learning.