I am a fourth-year medical student at New York University School of Medicine. As a soon-to-be physician, I have vast experience talking to patients about complicated medical conditions, treatments, medications and various diseases. It is my job to make sure that they understand what I am talking about in a way that allows them to explain it to others. I believe this is one of my best qualities to work as a tutor; the ability to mold concepts to in a way that others are able to comprehend them with ease. I have had many years of teaching experience, which has varied in many ways throughout my life. When I was a teenager, I worked as a swimming instructor for children ages 3 to 12. This allowed me to foster a specific teaching technique where I patiently worked with my students to dissipate their fears (like the fear of water), and build the trust needed for them to allow me to explain very complicated concepts in a way that they'll understand it. I used this technique later in college while I tutored fellow classmates and other college students various subjects, including: math, chemistry, physics, Spanish and biology. After college, I worked as a middle school and high school tutor, teaching math and sciences to children in East Orange, New Jersey.
In addition to my teaching experience, I graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a GPA of 3.8 and a bachelors in both Chemistry and Spanish. As a chemistry major, I feel confident teaching chemistry and organic chemistry. As a medical student, I also feel confident teaching MCAT preparation, physiology and anatomy. I am a native Spanish speaker and studied Latin American and Spanish-Language literature extensively, so I am very comfortable teaching Spanish for any level of proficiency. Lastly, as a native Spanish speaker I also feel comfortable teaching English-as-a-second-Language (ESL) as well as TOEFL preparation.
Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers University-Newark - Bachelors, Chemistry and Spanish
Graduate Degree: NYU School of Medicine - Current Grad Student, Doctor of Medicine
I like to swim, read, walk, go to the movies
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that everyone has a different way of learning. What works for one person does not always work for someone else. What I like to do is get to know my student and use analogies and anecdotes that are relatable to them, and that would allow them to understand difficult concepts with ease.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'll first ask them to explain to me how much they understand about the topic I'll be tutoring, and would ask them if there are any specific issues they'd like to work on. I'd also like to know if there is anything that works or doesn't work in the way they study, so I can gauge their strengths and weaknesses.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Yes, I always teach my students methods and techniques they can use on their own, and that can be used in more than one specific area or topic. I believe that it is more important to teach someone how to learn than how to memorize.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I'd try to relate the topics we are reviewing to other aspects of their lives so they can understand it better.