I am a recent graduate of UC Santa Barbara from which I received a B.S. in microbiology. In my stay in Santa Barbara, I spent time working in general chemistry labs where I assisted students in performing, and more importantly, understanding the basis behind experiments. Through this experience, I was taught how to guide students through answering their own questions by breaking each question down into a series of simpler questions and building up from there. My teaching philosophy revolves around the students gaining a strong foundation of knowledge and the skills to apply that knowledge to a broad range of topics through logical reasoning.
I would love the opportunity to help students appreciate and hopefully enjoy science before continuing my own academic career in the fall at the USC School of Pharmacy.
I tutor biology, microbiology, biochemistry, and genetics. Genetics is my favorite to teach because it is more problem-solving based than the others and tends to involve less of a memorization element. That being said, I enjoy all of these subjects thoroughly.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Barbara - Bachelors, Microbiology
Graduate Degree: University of Southern California - Current Grad Student, PharmD
SAT Verbal: 720
AP English Language: 4
Drawing, spending time in nature, tennis
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is centered around adaptability. Different students learn different ways, and especially in a one-on-one setting, it is important to find what works best for the student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would like to get to know a little bit about them and their thoughts, feelings, and baseline knowledge about the subject being tutored. I would begin on the material and assess what learning method works best for them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I plan to help students learn the techniques involved in learning the material in addition to the material itself. Effective study techniques can never be learned too early; they become increasingly useful throughout a student's educational career.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would stop them from being overwhelmed. Science is often taught as a lot of facts and is thought to require rote memorization. By teaching the inner-workings of the material and how it all works together instead of using repetition of isolated facts, I hope students will gain interest and the motivation will follow.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try another approach or two. Due to the limited time of a tutoring session, I would make sure not to get stuck on one small subject when there is plenty left to learn, and would revisit the subject in the next session when both of us can have a fresh start at looking at the material.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
In my experience, most dislike of a subject comes from a lack of understanding of that subject. By finding a teaching method that works for them or relates the subject matter to something the student enjoys and understands, I believe the interest of the student can be extended to encompass the subject they are struggling with.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would teach through asking guiding questions instead of directly providing answers. This way, we will take small but more thorough steps towards understanding the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would see what concepts of the subject the student has the strongest understanding of, and start by further solidifying those concepts to build confidence. I would use this as a starting point from which to branch off of and integrate in related information.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I would like to use material that the student provides, such as assignments or readings. I will personally go over any material provided ahead of time, and will ask that they come having attempted the work. From here, we will go through the material together and address any questions that come up.