My goal as a tutor is to help you understand material by building a solid foundation on which to expand your knowledge. As a current medical student, I know how frustrating it is to struggle through material-- I hate memorizing things, I found reading textbooks tedious, and I lost interest in things I didn't understand. So, in order to be a successful student and future physician, I developed some great learning tactics that I want to pass on to you!
The Game Plan:
Since every student is different, I will spend some time getting to know you and your goals so that we can work effectively together. Think of me as your study buddy instead of your tutor! I study with my peers by talking through material while incorporating whiteboards and visual aids (pictures, flow charts, tables, graphs). By starting with broad concepts and narrowing toward high-yield details, we promote deeper and more thorough understanding of the material. Teach-back methods help test understanding, identify areas of weakness, and foster critical thinking. Practice questions reinforce and refresh material, build test taking skills, and promote confidence. Above all, this is about your academic success- so we can (and will) adjust to what fits your needs.
I am a medical student at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. I am originally from the Washington, DC area. I received a BS in Neuroscience from Bucknell University and was a post-bacc researcher at the NIH for 3 years. I have a younger brother who studies marine biology and is a professional photographer on the side. I have a savannah cat named Cleo (after the Egyptian queen).
Undergraduate Degree: Bucknell University - Bachelors, Neuroscience
Graduate Degree: Rush University - Current Grad Student, Medical Doctor
My guilty pleasures include crime television, fish tacos, and trendy workout programs. When I'm not studying medicine (which is most of the time), I am posting photos of my cat to her personal instagram account.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Whiteboards, scratch paper, calculators, diagrams/charts gathered from online resources, and text resources.