I am from Santa Monica, California where I attended Santa Monica High School. I attended the University of California at Berkeley for four years obtaining my undergraduate degree in Integrative Biology with departmental honors. I attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine in the PhD program for Physiology.
I played baseball and football in high school, club baseball and intramural flag football during my time at Berkeley. I stay active now riding my bike/jogging in Cherokee park in the Highlands of Louisville. I'd like to get back into practicing yoga some time soon.
I completed coursework in the Physiology PhD program, maintaining a 4.0+ GPA. My academic specialties are Biology, Physiology, Cell Biology, Biostatistics and am proficient in mathematics including Calculus I, Algebra I and II.
Post grad I have continued my education in the fields of accounting and taxation through UC Berkeley's online extension program. I have recently passed all three levels of the special enrollment exam (SEE) and applied for the Enrolled Agent designation through the IRS - status is 'in review'.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, Cell Biology
Graduate Degree: University of Louisville - PHD, Physiology
Taxation, Professional Sports, Bike Riding, Financial Planning, Cooking
What is your teaching philosophy?
Taking time to understand a few concepts well is more valuable than learning a little bit of many things. Once you have walked through the process of learning conceptually, you can revisit that path over and over.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Set up an organizational schema for the material. Organizing saves time and, more importantly, mental space.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My role will be to clarify and orient students to answers. Ideally they will learn how to ask questions and identify what they don't know. I do not aim to teach as an encyclopedia with all the answers or to give the answers to discrete questions.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think it's important to identify why a need for tutoring is there. Is this to earn better grades in high school? to prepare better for a pivotal standardized test? From my experience, academic success opens doors to attend college, meet new people, and travel the country.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would need to understand what the difficulty centers around. It would be my job to try to better understand the mental block by communicating with the student. Ideally the student could talk about what is confusing to determine what the next step will be.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Often slowing down is a useful tool. Reading through smaller passages and discussing them out loud may be an effective strategy. Balancing instruction and advice with positive and encouraging feedback may be a useful tool in overcoming this hurdle.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Find a real world connection.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Learning about the student, letting each of our personalities guide the discussion and having fun with the material. I draw this answer from my time as an undergraduate instructor.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
A combination of discussions about the material and working through problem sets. Carrying out a conversation with a student about a subject is a much better way of learning, but it is crucially important that they can complete problem sets. Solving written problems is not always ideal, but it is the standard procedure for assessing competency/mastery from high school through undergrad and on standardized tests.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
As progress is made I will make sure to document it in a quantifiable way. "You solved 5 questions correctly in half the time it took you last month!" Tangible measurements of performance are the best forms of confidence boosts.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
The combination of diagnostic problems and discussing the topic at hand will begin to tell me what topics need special attention. If the student is stuck or unable to articulate their thoughts on a problem, that gives me a good idea of where to start.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
It will be a good practice to ask for their opinions and feedback at the end of each session. What they feel is working, what isn't working? How can we make certain subjects come to life?
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbooks, online resources with and practice problems for reference. White boards or pencil and paper for working through problems.