I graduated from the University of Arizona with Summa Magna Laude recognition in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology. During my undergraduate, I was awarded the Wildcat Excellence Scholarship and made Dean's List of Distinction and Academic Year Academic Distinction multiple times. I also was part of the Honors College at the university. I began tutoring during my undergraduate at the University of Arizona. I started by tutoring privately with students that belonged to the department of Biochemistry and Chemistry. I then took up a preceptor position with one of the chemistry professors at the college. My duty as a preceptor included teaching one section of the class each week and meeting up with students one on one to answer any questions that was related to the class. This experience helped me obtain a position with CATS Academics, which is a tutoring program for NCAA athletes at the university. Through these multiple experiences I learned that I really enjoyed tutoring, because I could teach others why I find something very fun and fascinating. I also enjoy meeting new people. I have mainly tutored high school and college students; however, I do have experience tutoring younger students as well. I have a younger sister who I help out all the time.
At this moment I work at a laboratory as a research associate helping people do their experiments. I enjoy reading, hiking, and playing soccer on my time off. I teach and play violin on the weekends as well.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Arizona - Bachelors, Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology
ACT Math: 32
SAT Math: 700
AP Calculus BC: 5
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 710
Playing soccer, reading, hiking, playing with cats, and spending time with my little sister.
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that teaching is a medium between the student and the subject the student is learning. The instructor understands the subject, and portrays and breaks down the subject matter in ways that a student can better comprehend.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will get to know the student and assess their strengths and weaknesses on the subject matter they are working on. We would do a few practice problems, as well as go over some fundamentals on the subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
An independent learner needs to be willing to sit and practice the subject matter on their own. The most motivating thing in learning is if learning is fun and the subject is fascinating. My goal is to make the subject easily digestible to the students' minds, so that trying problems on their own is not so intimidating.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation and drive is different for each student. Some students can be motivated through the need for good grades. Other students need a little more push like keeping the subject fun-- associating the subject matter with something that they enjoy. For instance, chemistry doesn't have to be just mixing chemicals. It could be associated with baking.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept I would think of different ways to explain it. I would explain it using hobbies that they like. For example, if graph reading is challenging, I would draw a graph that pertains to a hobby they have that would be fun to analyze.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I used to struggle with reading comprehension myself, but what helped me is start reading small passages every day and trying to summarize each passage in one word. Then get bigger passages to summarize. Then the next step is to start giving them questions to answer about the passages they are reading.