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Zaven

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Vision and Passion. Where do you see yourself in the next year, or five? How do you plan to get there? Without passion, goals cannot be realized and passion without direction is chaos.

I sincerely want help you develop a plan for success in both facets, vision and passion, through academic excellence. My vision and unrelenting goal is to inspire, uplift and challenge you to fulfill your potential through demonstrated leadership with the ultimate goal of contributing monumentally to the fields of health, science and our worldwide community.

Individuals born on January 21st, are believed to be "Front-Runners". In my case, this could be taken quite literally as running, Track and Field and Cross Country , has consumed much of my life! I have consistently competed from middle-school through college and even semi-professionally, culminating with attempts in 2012 and 2016 for the Olympic trials. I love to do anything outside... Hiking, cycling, climbing, swimming, kayaking, off-roading: Its a Jeep Thing! (o|||||||o), fishing, reading and more. Work hard, play hard!

I began my academic career as a student-athlete, which was challenging by itself! At University I studied Biological Sciences with a concentration in Physiology and Cell Biology. Basically, I took any human biology course I could! To complete the degree, I minored in Chemistry. I was first drawn to Medicine and working in a research lab as an undergraduate assistant inspired me to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. Training at a medical school allowed me to translate bench discoveries to real patient therapies. In my second year, I was accepted to the MS in Clinical Research, which helped to ensure that my strong science background could be used across the healthcare spectrum.

In high-school and as an undergraduate, I was the recipient of exceptional tutoring sessions. Without assistance—individuals who were invested and believed in me—I would not have succeeded academically. I still had to overcome challenges myself; however, it was tutors that made the difference. I love to learn and it shows! Likewise, I love to teach! I enjoy breaking down complex biological problems into components that are easy to memorize, utilize and understand. I customize tutoring to suit your individual needs and learning style!

Specifically with Varsity Tutors I have helped high school students achieve "A's" in biology, pre- AP biology, and a score of 4 of 5 on the AP Biology subject test. I have helped other high school students in General Chemistry, making the subject more enjoyable and easier. On the collegiate and graduate levels I have advanced students understanding of complex microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General and Organic Chemistry, General Biology, and writing skills. My technique for success is repetition, recall, and action... in short, see one, do one, and lots of test questions.

Best wishes in your journey and much success! I am here for your success!

Zaven’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Georgia State University - Bachelors, Biology/Chemistry

Graduate Degree: Morehouse School of Medicine - PHD, Biomedical Sciences, PhD/ Clinical Research, MS

Hobbies

I am a elite athlete and enjoy both the physical and mental demands of running. I also am an avid adventurer: hiking, cycling, swimming, fishing, kayaking, off-roading to name a few. I also love to read and enjoy collecting random bits of information via Wikipedia!

Tutoring Subjects

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology

Biology

Chemistry

College Biology

College Chemistry

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Molecular Biology

Nursing

Other

PCAT Biology

Plant Biology

Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Intuitive, inspired, personal, and genuine learning reciprocity. Learning for a lifetime!

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

Let's go over goals, vision, and passion. Then, we'll assess strengths and weaknesses.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

My goal is to help with critical thinking and problem solving. I do this by reinforcing background knowledge so that it can be applied to any question or situation.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Sometimes creativity is needed when straight-forward approaches aren't working! Getting comfortable with material from different sources usually does the trick.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

A session in speed reading helped me with this problem... Identify what you are reading before you get into the content, think actively while reading (imagination), read questions before hand, summarize and recall what you read, and answer questions directly.