My undergraduate degree is a bachelor of arts in Biological Sciences, which I obtained from the University at Buffalo. At the point of graduation, I knew I was interested in the medical field, but I was unsure as to which aspect I wanted to pursue. After a year or so I picked up and moved to Charlotte, NC, where I decided to trek the long road of becoming a physician. I studied for the MCAT for a year, and during that year I took it twice. I am currently attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, where I am going through an accelerated master's program in biomedical sciences. Upon graduation in May, I will be applying to medical schools with the hopes of entering the field of oncology, either pediatric or orthopedic oncology.
The subjects I thoroughly enjoy tutoring include anatomy, physiology, genetics, biochemistry, and many other subjects related to the path I am walking to become a physician. My tutoring philosophy can only be put into words that I am borrowing from my favorite professor'You must focus on learning". I understand that is vague and does not mean much now, but to me it means that I will make sure the students understand the subject inside and out. Only when a student understands a subject thoroughly, will they be able to think critically and correctly answer outside-the-box problems. I do not believe that strictly memorizing information, myself or the student, will be beneficial in the academic long run. I believe that truly learning the information, and developing a solid grasp on the concepts is much more beneficial.
Outside of academia, I thoroughly enjoy weightlifting, reading fiction novels, meal prep, taking my dogs on long walks or to fenced in parks where they can expel copious amounts of energy. I also enjoy playing Xbox, playing guitar, and hanging with my study group and NOT talking about school, on the off-chance I have enough free time to do so.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University at Buffalo - Bachelors, Biological sciences
Graduate Degree: Liberty University - Masters, Biomedical Sciences
Playing guitar, weightlifting, doing anything with my dogs, cooking & meal prepping, and study relentlessly of course!
Graduate Level Biology
High School Biology
MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My goal is to make sure every student I tutor is satisfied and fully understands the topic we covered. I believe it is infinitely more important to understand the material rather than just memorizing it. As my favorite professor constantly tells us throughout graduate school..."focus on learning and the grades will follow."
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will introduce myself, get to know the student a little to establish the initial relationship, and then ask the student some basic questions to get a grasp on how they feel about the material. As we go through some of the material, I will start making a mental plan for needs to be covered and how in depth we need to go.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching a student how to think critically is the most important goal of mine. I wholeheartedly believe that in order to think critically, you must first understand the information inside and out. Once I know the student understands the basic information, I will start to challenge the student with tough questions that will force them to think outside the box while furthering their understanding of the material.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Relaying positive messages and instilling a sense of resiliency into the students would be my main way of keeping them motivated. I am more than willing to do whatever it takes to make sure my students succeed.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would go through various ways of attacking the subject matter, and spend as much time on the subject as the student needed. Depending on the exact subject, I would either reiterate the basic information, or go through many practice problems until the student understands and feels comfortable with the information.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I will cover the basic material and do my best to resolve any gaps in the student's knowledge initially, and then help them work through simple problems and increase the difficulty of the problems sequentially until the student is able to think critically through their understanding of the material.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
It is most helpful to cover the basics and assess where the student is having trouble with the material, and whether the trouble is due to a lack of knowledge or a lack of understanding. Once I understand what the student knows, and where the student is struggling, then I can create a plan to help them.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence comes with time and understanding the material. The more we go over what is not understood, and the more time we spend learning the material together, the better understanding the student will have. A better understanding will lead to better grades which will build confidence.