I enjoy working with students one-on-one to help them achieve their academic goals. I ensure my students understand the material and challenge them to think about the subject matters with real-world application in mind.
I am a research scientist by training and have earned my Ph.D. in Human Genetics. My education has included extensive scientific and non-scientific writing as well as a full breadth of math, reading and science.
When I'm not tutoring, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and I love sushi!!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: City College of the City University of New York - Bachelors, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: Albert Einstein College of Medicine - PHD, Biology, General
Reading, listening to music, spending time with my family.
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Writing
1st Grade Math
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Science
5th Grade Math
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Science
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Biology
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe students should have a thorough understanding of the subject matter rather than learning by rote. Understanding fundamentals is the key to academic success.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Talk to the student about where he/she is struggling. Then observe the student's approach to working through the material.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Give the students the tools to break down something complicated into simple parts.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Ensure that he/she is grasping the material and keeping the goal in view.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Take a step back, and uncover the root of the confusion the student experiences.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Ask students bite-sized questions on the topic. Helping students think systematically about the text helps with comprehension. Also, introducing relevant real-world scenarios.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find that really engaging students and helping them relate what they're learning to real world scenarios helps students see the big picture and sparks more interest in the subject matter.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Firstly, I help students get over the fear of failure; it's amazing how much that helps a student feel more confident and ready to take on anything.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I find that repetition of most tasks helps students realize that they can tackle a variety of questions on a topic; it really builds their confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I talk to my students first to find out where they are mentally. Then I ask them to work on a few incrementally more difficult tasks to see where remediation (if necessary) is needed, and we build from there.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I listen to my students needs; I also observe how they learn and assimilate information. Then I observe how the strategies used are working for the student and adapt from there.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session I use materials that are tailored to my student's learning style and needs. So for some, I may use flashcards, for others practice sheets to drill on a topic, and for others I may use auditory-books, etc.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I challenge and test my students on an ongoing basis. I find material that is fundamental to the subject matter and ask students to answer questions that they have not seen before, but since fundamentals of a subject don't vary across tests or textbooks, it is usually a good measure of comprehension.