I love teaching students. I graduated from Harvard in 2011 and now I'm finishing a Masters of Science in Chemistry. In between I've worked as a community counselor, a chemistry teaching assistant, and a researcher of mental health disparities. It's been loads of fun. I'm hoping to continue teaching and get more involved in academic research after finishing my degree.
I tutored my way all through high school and college as a way to earn extra money and because I just really like doing it. After graduating, I was offered a position as a Chemistry Teaching Assistant at the Harvard Extension School. Through all of this, I've learned to teach to each student's strength. I've learned that some students learn by practicing problem solving, others by understanding the theory more thoroughly, and others by thinking and processing things out-loud. My job as a teacher or a tutor is to identifying how you learn and help build stepping stones through which you can learn better.
Some of my teaching strategies include explaining the conceptual background, using simple analogies to understand bigger concepts, identifying learning gaps, using key problems to demonstrate concepts, and setting practical learning plans. With students I see repeatedly, I like to assign some reading or practice problems students can work on in between sessions.
For students that are frustrated with their performance, I like to build positive momentum through small victories. We'll learn to break down complicated problems and concepts into manageable parts. Learning to do this will help you tackle problems that give you the worst of anxiety.
I also work with students looking to improve performance onto to higher percentiles. I like to work by building upon the knowledge you already have, increasing complexity until you master a specific subject. Be aware that it can often take time to go from a good score to the highest score. So we will work out an efficient study plan that will get you there in time.
For students working on standardized tests, I like to work on both subject knowledge and test taking strategies. So much of these tests is knowing how they work, and using their clues to understand what the best answer is! Don't worry we can get there together. Having taken the SAT, MCAT, and the GRE has made a total pro at test-taking strategies. Can't wait to help you get there too.
One other thing I like to touch base on is Competition Math and Science. I was a math and science competitor all throughout high school, so I understand the passion and the frustration that can come from it. I participated in math summer camps, and took home medals in the American Chemical Society, the Junior Engineering Technical Society, the Science Bowl, and other smaller local competitions. I was also a English and Spanish debater and entered several of my writting compositions into different competitions and workshops. It takes a driven person to put your work out there and to compete in Math, Verbal and Science, so if you're looking to improve in these I'll be glad to help you.
Looking forward to hearing from you! I'm going to have a lot of availability this summer to work with all of you :)
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Harvard University - Bachelor in Arts, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
SAT Math: 700
MCAT Verbal Reasoning: 10
MCAT Biological Sciences: 12
The Beach (Hey there summer!), Reading (Suspense, horror, fantasy, young adult!), TV shows, Running, Movies
MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
We can do hard things! There isn't anything you can't learn, as long as we break it down into manageable parts and work hard to get there!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I'd like to see how they're doing in the class. Are you getting stuck in particular places? Are there previous concepts that we could strengthen to help you with the current load? What's your specific goal? Would setting a structure schedule help you? I also want to check-in about how they're relating to the material. If you're feeling very anxious about it, I want to help you work through that, show you how you're doing better than you think. Do we need to work on general studying skills? Or test-taking skills?