I recently graduated from UC Davis with a major in Animal Biology and two minors in Sociology and Professional Writing. While completing my degree, I studied monogamy in Titi monkeys at the UC Davis primate center, and after I graduated, I spent 8 months in India studying group dynamics in rhesus macaques. Currently, I am a graduate student at UCSF. I have a passion for learning and teaching, which lead me to pursue my PhD and eventually a professorship at a university.
One of the hardest decisions I had in school was knowing what to study, as every subject interested me. As a result, I took a scattering of courses, and I know at least something about nearly every discipline. However, my specialties include biology, neuroscience, psychology, sociology, and writing. I have since decided to combine my academic interests with my passion for video games to study how social video games influence the brain.
Formally, the subjects I tutor include the biological sciences, psychology, the social sciences, and writing (and personally, I believe my essay editing may be my best of them all). I seem to have a knack for analyzing the flow of ideas, which informs all that I teach and especially my analysis of writing. Furthermore, my breadth of academic training gives me insights beyond the subjects I tutor, allowing me to understand both how students learn at the psychological level and how to synthesize diverse examples from many disciplines to engender a deeper understanding of the subject material.
My goal as a tutor is to make my students interested in what they learn. I want our sessions to be the beginning of an internal dialogue that students have with themselves about the subjects they learn. No doubt this is an ideal situation, and yet it is my goal because while our current educational system encourages the cram-for-exam style learning, the students that take the time to ponder ideas and think through those ideas creatively are the ones who leave a class better than they started.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelor of Science, Animal Behavior and Ethology
Graduate Degree: University of California-San Francisco - Master of Science, Biomedical Technology
ACT Math: 30
My primary hobbies include writing stories, reading fiction, swimming and working out, and video games (including JRPGs and competitive social games).