I have always been excited and driven by science—particularly when it comes to animals—and in my last year and a half at Colorado State University I discovered my passion for science education through tutoring. I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue in this work as it has been the most rewarding out of all the jobs I’ve held thus far.
I graduated from CSU this past May with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. I plan to apply to attend graduate school as a PhD student in comparative animal biology, evolutionary biology, or a related field; However, I’m currently taking a year off school to bolster my skills and knowledge by volunteering in the vertebrate zoology collections at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and working as a science tutor. I love sharing my passion by tutoring in biology, but I’m also happy to assist students in building a strong foundation for later success by helping them excel in other important courses like algebra and chemistry.
I have two primary goals for my students in tutoring sessions. First, I work towards ensuring that each student feels as prepared and confident as possible come exam time. I do this by asking a lot of questions during our tutoring sessions, using varied visual and verbal strategies to explain ideas, having the student practice reiterating concepts back to me in their own words, and using previous exams (when available) to identify the teacher’s general testing style in order to hone in on the best studying and test-taking strategies for that class. My second goal for tutoring sessions is to help the student discover at least one topic or application of the material that they find interesting. My most successful tutoring sessions in the past have been those in which I’ve helped the student dig deep in the material and see it as more than just a series meaningless facts to memorize (which I know biology definitely looks like at first glance!). I attempt this goal by providing additional context that may not be directly discussed in class and may illuminate more of the “big picture.” I don’t want tutoring sessions to be just another lecture on top of what students receive in class; I want to offer a personalized discussion in which they can ask as many questions as they need and explore the material in as much detail as they desire.
Outside of work and school I enjoy nature documentaries, visiting natural history museums, nature walks and hiking, birding, reading (mostly science fiction and fantasy), and martial arts.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Colorado State University-Fort Collins - Bachelor of Science, Zoology
Science (particularly animal biology), natural history museums, science fiction and fantasy novels and movies, Dungeons and Dragons, origami, martial arts