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Salome

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I am a PhD student in Pharmacology at the University of Virginia. Previously, I attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota and earned a B.S in Biochemistry. It was during my undergraduate career that I became interested and passionate about teaching. I found the process of helping others understand material I loved, to be exhilarating. As a graduate student I had limited opportunities to pursue tutoring. As such, I have joined Varsity Tutoring and am SO excited for the chance to get back into teaching students AND learning from them.
I am a scientist so, I love tutoring students in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, microbiology and many other topics. I also enjoy history.
When I am not in school, you can find me cooking, reading or playing with the dog my boyfriend and I share. I absolutely love to travel and can never get enough of photography.

I look forward to the chance to help out any students who are struggling in any scientific field, particularly in biology!!!

Salome’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of St Thomas - Bachelors, Biochemistry

Graduate Degree: University of Virginia-Main Campus - PHD, Pharmacology

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 26

GRE Quantitative: 156

GRE Verbal: 152

Hobbies

Cooking, photography, hiking, playing with my dog, traveling

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology

AP Research

Biochemistry

Biology

Cell Biology

CLEP Prep

CLEP Biology

College Biology

Genetic Engineering

Graduate Level Biology

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Subject Test in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

GRE Subject Test in Biology

GRE Subject Tests

High School Biology

IB BIology

IB History

IB World Religions

Life Sciences

MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

Medical Terminology

Medicine

Microbiology

Molecular Biology

Molecular Genetics

Nutrition

Other

PCAT Biology

Pharmacology

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Test Prep

World Religions


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that everyone learns differently. Thus, when teaching or tutoring it is important to get to know how someone learns and cater to that.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would ask them about themselves, what subjects they most enjoy learning, and which ones they struggle with. We would talk about their best vs. worst learning experiences. Finally, what they hope to accomplish at that particular tutoring session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would teach a student the material, but then ask them questions that require application of the learned material rather than their regurgitation.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would check-in with the student and ask them if they need any additional help.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I'd try teaching them by a different mean. For example, some students are more visual learners than others, so I would try to translate the material into something they can see.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I think it is important to really get to know the student and how they learn. It is also important to be at their level when teaching them and to break down complex problems into simple concepts.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I'd make it applicable or turn it into a real world problem.