I've completed a Master of Public Health in Biostatistics (SUNY Downstate), a Bachelor of Arts in Biology (Columbia University), and currently work as a forensic biologist at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City. I am passionate about tutoring the ACT, high school math, biology, and English. My greatest ACT tutoring success story was increasing a student's overall score from a 23 to a 28 in a matter of 8 weeks during the summer of 2015. Ideally, I would like to tutor students preparing for the ACT and advise them as they prepare to apply to college.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelors, Biology, General
ACT Composite: 33
ACT English: 33
ACT Math: 34
ACT Reading: 32
ACT Science: 32
MCAT Biological Sciences: 130
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MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
High School Biology
Q & A
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Start with an area they comfortable, confident, and (ideally) excited about. I believe it's best to build from a student's strong points and interests in order to expand their skills and comfort level with other areas.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I use diagnostic tests. If this is for the ACT, then simply having them take a practice test or looking at one of their recent ones. The same goes for the MCAT. When it comes to class subjects, I'll usually give them an age/class appropriate test to see where they are at. A few other key areas are confidence in their ability to learn the material and perform well on tests, interest in the subject matter, and willingness to commit to a study regimen. I usually assess these through a simple survey followed by talking with them.