I am a student in the guaranteed admissions medical track program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Although I am studying to become a physician, teaching is one of my passions and I hope to continue to do so as a doctor by working with medical students and faculty throughout my career.
I have served as a tutor in my high school for 2 years and have conducted tutoring sessions for mathematics, science coursework, paper editing, and ACT examinations. I enjoy tutoring because it is a means to help make a difference and aid someone in reaching their goals. The extra point they get on the ACT may be the reason the student gets into their dream college or program, and to personally help someone get where they want to be is a rewarding feeling.
Outside of tutoring, I also work with an organization called Peer Health Exchange and teach a health education curriculum to high school freshman once a week. I am on the tennis team at my college, involved with student government, and work with several community service organizations as well.
As a tutor, I am easily accessible and prompt with assistance. I cater my tutoring sessions according to what style is most effective for each client. I am generally not a lecturer and like to keep the student engaged with practice problems and interactive activities. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Chicago - Current Undergrad, Biology/ GPPA medicine program
ACT Composite: 35
ACT English: 36
ACT Math: 36
ACT Reading: 35
ACT Science: 36
AP Biology: 5
AP Chemistry: 5
AP Calculus AB: 5
AP Calculus BC: 5
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism: 5
AP English Literature: 5
AP English Language: 4
AP US History: 4
AP Computer Science A: 4
AP Psychology: 5
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College Application Essays
Elementary School Writing
High School Biology
High School English
High School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that tutoring sessions should be an interactive environment with minimal lecture time. I myself get restless during extensive lectures, so how can I expect the tutee to be any different? I believe in catered tutoring sessions with many practice problems and activities that effectively enable me to evaluate the area of concern and resolve it.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first just speak with the student and get to know them. Then, I would ask them to tell me about the subject of concern and how they feel about the subject - whether it is interesting, complex, etc. From there, I would begin with having the student work through a problem and assess what to do next.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I do not like to tell a student what to do. I like to be more of a guide, and bring up information we discussed earlier to help spark in their own mind what to do next.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would maintain a positive energy throughout the session. Even if the student doesn't get the concept after some time, I would continue to be positive and explain that it just takes time and practice. If they are not interested, I would try to engage them in some way and explain why it is important to learn.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would take the time to find further resources for them to practice and also make myself available to answer questions and help at other times. I would find more examples to further break down the concept and help the student understand.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would first monitor and become aware of what type of texts they are struggling to understand. I would have them focus on metacognition, or thinking about thinking. Essentially this refers to where the mind of the reader is when they are reading. I would also look into implementing questions to guide the reader and graphic organizers. I would cater my methods based specifically on the aspects of reading comprehension the student is struggling with.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I like to have them talk and just listen to what they are struggling with specifically, how interested they are in the topic itself, etc. Getting to know the student raises the comfort level and makes the tutoring sessions move more seamlessly.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I try to connect the subject matter to real world applications, so they see the value to it. For instance, with mathematics, calculus may be extremely boring or complex to a student. But after learning its relevance to architecture, biology, and even credit card companies, students may develop a stronger interest and approach calculus with renewed passion.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask questions periodically and make sure to have them do problems independently. If they are unsure, I would ask questions to suggest courses of action, but I would avoid telling them blatantly what to do, as that results in a more superficial level of understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
If they are really struggling, I will talk to them and just explain that we will move slow and steady. If we take it one day and one topic at a time, we can move quickly and efficiently. I would make sure to tell them not to get overwhelmed and that I will help them along whenever they need it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I think it is important to talk the student and get their input first. At the same time, I would also have them solve problems so I can identify areas of concern. Each student may express their needs in different ways so the approach each time should not be identical.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If the student is less talkative and not vocal about what they are struggling with, I would have them do more problems so I can myself identify what needs to be improved. If the student is catching on to content quickly, I will shorten my teaching and use time more efficiently. Likewise, each type of student will be approached with a unique method.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I will typically have a lesson plan, practice problems of many types (recognition, implementation, etc.), external links for additional practice outside of sessions, and whatever else I feel is relevant and beneficial for the topic of study.