My name is Mariana, I specialize in tutoring maths and sciences and have been working as a tutor since 2014. I am interested in eventually earning a degree in Medicine, but I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering. I graduated from Florida International University with a BS in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. Prior to that, I attended the Maritime and Science Technology Academy High School in Key Biscayne and the High School Careers in Medicine Summer Program at the University of Miami. Therefore, I have good amount of experience regarding these subjects as well as tutoring them.
Both in during high school and college, I have excelled science courses as including AP Biology and Chemistry, Genetics, Ecology, Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physics to name a few. I am also able to tutor in English, particularly focusing on rhetoric and essay writing. In fact, I am currently a Modeling Physics Learning Assistant at Florida International University. I have participated in a Student Learning Methods course at FIU to improve my approach to teaching.
I like to devise my lesson plans depending on the specific needs of every student and may or may not assign homework or tests depending on what we decide together.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Florida International University - Bachelors, Biological Sciences
ACT Composite: 30
ACT English: 31
ACT Reading: 31
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1510
SAT Math: 710
SAT Verbal: 750
SAT Writing: 720
GRE Verbal Reasoning: 165
GRE Quantitative Reasoning: 162
GRE Analytical Writing: 4.5
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Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My approach to teaching is very flexible. I believe that the focus is primarily on the student and what works for them individually, since everyone learns in different ways. I am also a big proponent for hands-on learning or learning through practice rather than mainly relying on lecture.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session with a student, I typically like to get the bearing of their knowledge and how well they grasp different concepts so that I can know what areas we need to focus on going into the future.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by showing them techniques that I used as a student and guiding them without allowing them to completely rely on my presence as an instructor.