I am a second year student majoring in biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University. Outside of Varsity Tutoring, I tutor high school students every week in Math, English, and standardized tests. Music has always been a passion in my life, and it excites me to help students to fall in love in music. One of my favorite experiences in tutoring was when I taught a dozen children how to play basic notes on the recorder in Papua New Guinea (tropical island in South East Asia).
Math is another favorite subject to tutor because I believe every student can become proficient in math when they learn that math is just using blocks of knowledge to overcome problems. As such, I am never discouraged if students are struggling in math; instead, I focus on their strengths and encourage them to use what they know to steadily tackle each question with confidence. In high school, when I researched and presented on the applications of calculus in medicine, I remember how rewarding it was to finally understand how to derive formulas for calculating blood flow in arteries.
Finally in my spare time, I like to read the New York times, listen to a cappella music, or exercise in the gym.
Undergraduate Degree: Case Western Reserve University - Current Undergrad, Biochemistry
ACT Composite: 33
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1470
Playing alto saxophone, reading, listening to good speakers, exercising
What is your teaching philosophy?
I don't want students to accepts facts at face-value or take short cuts to get the final answer without understanding the rationale behind each step. I believe the best learning takes place when the student critically evaluates the given information or evidence and wrestles through each problem before being presented with the "right" way to do it. My job is to facilitate that learning process by providing appropriate guidelines or stepping stones and equipping them with tools that they can confidently utilize in the future.