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Ever since I read the biography by Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor, I knew science was my calling. As someone who loves finding the derivative of lengthy equations or discussing the complexities behind redox reactions, I am motivated to help my friends and students succeed and grow academically. I am a current health science major at Chapman University and understand that math and science can be frustrating and challenging. However, I hope that I can relieve those frustrations through consistent and thorough tutoring sessions. After college, I hope to attend Physicians Assistant school or go into nutritionally-focussed research. In my free time, I like to take long bike rides, run and cook. I am excited to share my passion for science with any student that needs help!

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Elena’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Chapman University - Current Undergrad, Health Science

Test Scores

ACT English: 32

ACT Math: 30


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What is your teaching philosophy?

There's a concept in psychology called Premack's principle. This principle states that if a person wants to perform a given activity, they must perform the less desirable activity in order to get at the more desirable activity. For example, in order to eat ice cream, I must eat my broccoli first. This principle applies to how I will motivate my students. In my personal life, I set up small study goals for myself and if completed, I will reward myself with a treat or 20 minute episode of my favorite TV show. I will set up this kind of study system with my students to continue motivation through their most challenging subjects. Every tutoring session I will make sure to ask what kind of reward system they used and how they felt about it. If that system doesn't work, I will make sure to help them find one that does.

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