My first tutoring experiences revolved around my younger brother and cousins- mainly tutoring them in middle school math and science. Since then, I have gone on to tutor and help students in high school, college, and graduate school. No matter the subject or the age of the student, I always focus on understanding HOW the student learns. I do this so that I can adjust my teaching style to most effectively help the student.
I obtained my undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Florida State University. I received my PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University in December 2016. While at Rice, I was a teaching assistant for undergraduate genetics and graduate molecular biophysics. During this time, I was also a co-creator and mentor for the Institute of Bioengineering and Biosciences Girls STEM Initiative- a three year program where rising high school sophomore girls are engaged and mentored in STEM fields.
Overall, I hope to empower students by helping them achieve better subject understanding and higher test scores.
Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University - Bachelors, Biochemistry
Graduate Degree: Rice University - PHD, Biochemistry
I enjoy DIY crafts, calligraphy, baking, 90s music, and hanging out with family and friends.
What is your teaching philosophy?
The best way I can help a student is to figure out how they learn so that tutoring time can be most beneficial. My goal is to make the subject at hand more easy to digest and figure out. Most of the time there are multiple ways to teach/ learn a subject. Here are examples of how a student having trouble understanding/ memorizing which DNA bases go together to make a base pair can be helped. Like sports? Well, let's assign each base a color and the ones that make a pair can be your favorite sports team. If you are artistic, we can draw out the pairs to actually see why some bases absolutely cannot be paired. Maybe you have a great talent at remembering song lyrics; then we can make a fun, but scientifically sound, mnemonic.