I graduated from UCLA in 2015 and worked in clinical research at Stanford until this past year. I've been accepted at the DGSOM at UCLA as a Geffen Scholar (full-ride) and I'll be attending in fall of 2019 (after a one-year deferral). I typically tutor the following subjects: MCAT, medical school application writing, college application writing, and high school math and science (biology, chemistry, algebra, geometry)
For MCAT students:
I took the MCAT twice, scoring a 512 and a 523. I attribute the jump in my score to the number of practice tests I took, not to the content I learned, but the test-taking strategy that I developed. I've helped many students score 520+ and I can help you do the same.
Before I started my journey to medical school, I was a bartender (proving you can spill drinks all day and not get fired) I do a lot of volunteer work with queer and homeless populations. I also do research in big data and medical education.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Bachelors, Psychology, Premedical
ACT Composite: 34
Reading, Writing, Running, and Singing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Let's learn together. Maturity and growth do not have end points. I'll do my best to confer any understanding I've gained through my experiences, but that is an experience itself. I hope to learn a great deal from my students.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
5 minutes: meet and greet. 5 minutes: outline expectations. 20 minutes: walk through material. 20 minutes: Q&A. 10 minutes: debrief.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Providing structure and giving advice that suits their learning style. Guiding them through the methods that are the most realistic for them specifically. Showing them the methods that worked for me, but only if I feel like the same methods will work for them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Express that their goals are not far from their reach and that there is something to be gained from every opportunity, even when the work just seems boring and terrible.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to be patient and start from the first step. Maybe taking a short break and allowing them to feel comfortable in the space of not knowing. It's okay to struggle. Without struggle and conflict, we also lose sight of meaning. Pain is temporary, pride is forever.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Take breaks. Seriously. Sometimes you do understand, but fatigue is preventing you from grasping what is right in front of you. Comprehension can come slowly, even as we sleep and dream.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Open communication. Setting clear goals and expectations for both sides.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try my best to show them what really excites me about the subject, and how it can be used in the real world. Sometimes, even the most random facts come about in everyday life. Learning from structure can inform a person far beyond the apparent value of present content.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask them to take me through their process of solving a problem or answering a question. It's okay if we arrived at the same answer through different means, but if there is some kind of inconsistency, I'll be sure to bring it up.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Show them how fun it can be! (and the more fun you have, the easier it gets)
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask. I try to set expectations early on in the process. This means sitting down and painting a clear picture of their goals, as well as developing a plan to meet those goals.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I think the process happens naturally. The first session is always a lesson in patience for both sides. As I gain an understanding of how they solve problems and look for answers, I can pull back or push forward with any advice. If it's clear that they learn best from exploring ideas by themselves, I'll take a step back. But if they need quicker reassurance, then I'll step forward.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to use the materials that are suggested by the teacher as being reflective of course content. Especially any tools that will improve testing ability and prepare a student to score high.