I enjoy helping students achieve their goals, and I've been a student my whole life so I know the challenges students can face. I am in the M.D.-Ph.D program at Johns Hopkins University (graduating in May!), and I have a B.S. in Zoology with a Minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. I've taught students at all levels (age 4 up through adult learners), focusing on different areas within biology and math. I have experience translating challenging concepts and scientific language into simpler terms. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals!
Undergraduate Degree: Miami University-Oxford - Bachelors, Zoology
Graduate Degree: Johns Hopkins University - Current Grad Student, Cellular and Molecular Medicine
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 32
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 34
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1570
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 770
I enjoy fishing, camping, and gardening.
Anatomy & Physiology
MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
High School Biology
Middle School Science
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I like to help my students develop a deep understanding of their coursework so they have tools to solve future problems. I generally use a "See, Do, Teach" structure, where I will demonstrate a skill, have the student perform it, and then have them "teach" it to me (or to another student), which helps cement the information.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first ask about their goals and what they want to get from tutoring, and I would have them identify their strengths and areas that challenge them. I would ask them about their preferred learning style (i.e. hearing vs seeing information), and together we would develop a plan to meet their goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I like to help my students learn material so well that they can teach it to me, and I often use a "See, Do, Teach" approach. I show them ways to tackle a problem, have them do problems, and have them teach me (or another student) how to solve the problem. I like to ask students questions and have them think through challenges, giving them guidance when needed. Showing them that they have the knowledge and skills to solve a problem helps develop their confidence and independence.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe that feeling successful can enhance motivation, so I would work with a student on the basics of the subject we are tackling and establish small, achievable initial goals. As we advance in a topic, we will continue setting more challenging goals and occasionally reflect on how far the student has progressed, building confidence over time.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to understand their optimal learning style (i.e. hearing vs seeing information) and adjust my teaching style accordingly. I would have them tell me what parts of the concept they understand so I know where the gaps are. I would ask them what skills they can perform successfully and try to apply their previous methods of reaching success to our current challenge. I would set small, achievable initial goals to help develop their confidence.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I start with having them tell me their reasons for seeking tutoring and explain to me what parts of the material they understand and what parts challenge them. I ask them about their learning style, and together we establish short-term and long-term goals.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I believe that excitement can come from success in a subject, so I will set small, achievable goals so that the student can establish a pattern of success. Helping them develop a deep understanding of the subject would also give them tools to solve problems, so part of my teaching strategy would be to ask them questions, fill gaps in their knowledge, and have them explain concepts back to me.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
If a student can teach someone the material, that is a sign they fully understand it. I would ask them questions and have them explain concepts to me so that I could identify any gaps or errors in their knowledge. If they are preparing for a test, I would have them take practice tests outside of tutoring sessions, and during our next session we could review the questions they missed.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would set small, achievable goals to develop a pattern of success, and periodically reflect with the student about how far they have progressed.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask them what their goals are in a subject and what challenges they have faced. I ask them questions in a topic and have them "teach" it to me so I can assess the depth of their understanding and fill any gaps. I have them tell me their preferred learning style so I can adjust my teaching accordingly.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I assess their level of understanding of a topic by asking them questions and having them "teach" me what they know. I adjust my teaching style based on how they prefer to learn (i.e. hearing vs seeing), and we set goals together.