I am currently a first year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. I graduated with a B.S. in Health Management and Policy from Saint Louis University. I was born and brought up in Okemos, Michigan, a vibrant suburb near Lansing. Here, I gained a passion for education and began tutoring underserved youth in Lansing, Michigan. This passion stuck with me as I began my undergraduate education at Saint Louis University. Following the Jesuit ideals emphasized at SLU, I continued tutoring underprivileged youth in north St. Louis. I love sharing my passion for education with my students. During my senior year at SLU, I became a Physics TA and taught a class of 30 students the fundamentals of applied physics. On my journey to medical school, I studied hard for the MCAT and scored in the 98th percentile. I hope to share this success with all my students in the future.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Saint Louis University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Health Management & Policy
ACT Composite: 33
ACT Math: 36
ACT Science: 36
Saxophone, Chess, Soccer, Football
MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School Physics
Middle School Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
Serve as an encouraging and patient mentor. Practice problems by starting with the fundamentals to promote long-term understanding.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student! Figure out his or her goals and ambitions so that we may set a plan to achieve them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teach simple techniques including test-taking skills and study habits. Help create a study plan that puts them in charge of his or her success.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive feedback! Learning new subject matter is tough. It is important to constantly give positive feedback whenever warranted.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try a different approach. Sample problems are a great way to learn. Also, analogies are a great way to get a point across.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Practice! I think starting without a timed test helps with formulating strategies. After the student builds confidence, we can start timing.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Practice problems have been the best strategy. I think working through practice scenarios is the best way to facilitate long-term learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Using fun, real-life applications are a great way to excite students.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Sample problems are a great way to test understanding. Also, having the student teach me the material is another great technique.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive feedback is key. Confidence also comes with repetition. Developing a study plan is a great way to build on success.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Through dialogue and assessments a student's needs can be determined and an individualized study plan can be created.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I like to cater problems towards the student's hobbies or interests. Also, using the student's current strengths can help in other subject matters.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Practice problems as well as educational online videos are great ways to reinforce learning.