I am a rising Senior currently studying neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. Science and particularly the inner workings of the brain have been a passion of mine from a very young age, where I remember candidly telling my mother that I would be a neurosurgeon one day.
I have been tutoring ever since high school, where I tutored many of my peers in algebra, calculus and French. At the University of Pennsylvania, I have had the privilege of working for our Tutoring Center, which offers private student tutors to fellow peers struggling in a particular subject. In particular, I have spent my time at Penn tutoring Calculus and Physics, two of my favorite pre-med subjects. Tutoring has always been a passion of mine in that I can directly help my student succeed and achieve their academic, personal and professional goals. I always relate tutoring to my dream of becoming a physician, where we place ourselves in a position to help someone else with knowledge that we have acquired.
As a tutor, you can always expect me to be happy, passionate and focused on your success. My goal as a tutor is to make sure that you understand the material down to its very basics, and that you get enough practice to ensure that no test question will ever leave you puzzled. Everyone that I have ever tutored has walked out more passionate about the subject, even if it was one they initially hated. They have always had better grades than when they started, and I have been lucky enough to help many of my tutees gain entrance into their dream schools, like UCLA.
I must admit that I do not only live studying for MCATs and tutoring, and enjoy cooking when I find the time. I am also an avid Juventus soccer fan, and will try to watch soccer whenever I have the time.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Pennsylvania - Current Undergrad, Neuroscience
ACT Composite: 33
ACT English: 34
ACT Math: 33
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 30
SAT Composite: 2170
SAT Math: 700
SAT Verbal: 730
SAT Writing: 740
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy places the upmost importance on the student, as I do not try to impose my own material on each student that I tutor. Each student has individual needs in terms of understanding the material, and I consistently adapt to the requirements of everyone that I tutor. This way, I can ensure that I am effective in ensuring that my student performs their best, understands the material in great detail and scores highly on examinations.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I like to get to know my student academically. What subjects do you enjoy and not enjoy? Does this class in particular interest you? What are you looking to do in the future? Then, I like to identify what my student is struggling with in the particular course. Is it simply an issue of understanding the material, or are there deeper gaps in knowledge from previous required courses? I like to give several practice problems to identify exactly what the student has been struggling with. Fundamentally, the first session is for the student to tell me what they think they need from me, so that from day one, we are both on the same page.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The best way to help a student become an independent learner is to provide him or her with the necessary organizational tools to create an independent learning environment. Over my years of tutoring, I developed organizational charts, methods of testing and memorization, and ways of approaching practice problems that would help any student become an independent learner. If a student understands these tools, he or she can apply them to any particular subject, and slowly learn to study completely on their own. Furthermore, independent learning is largely dependent on organization and time management. I would communicate a particular studying schedule to my student, which could then be adjusted and modified based on the individual needs of the student.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The key to keeping a student motivated is to share passion about the particular subject and relate it to everyday occurrences. For example, Calculus can be an extremely tedious subject for many students, as looking at numbers and letters on a page does not scream interesting. However, Calculus is something I'm extremely passionate about, and constantly being excited about the topic will make the tutoring session feel exciting and upbeat. Furthermore, Calculus is used constantly in the world around us, to calculate sports probabilities and to make money on the stock market. Showing the real world applications of the topic can make it feel useful to the student. I will help keep a student motivated by helping the student set goals, both in the grade and level of understanding that he or she wants to achieve. In this way, the student is constantly working to satisfy the individual goal, thus creating a more interesting challenge.