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First, a student, second, a teacher. This mindset reminds me to take a step back and meet students where they are background knowledge, current situation, feelings about what is to be learned, dreams and goals. It's important for me to listen to understand students when I work with them. This way, I can ask better questions to help them grow in specific knowledge, as well as in life in ways that work for them. This way, my students leave sessions satisfied, fulfilled, and feel it was time well-spent. My education background is in the sciences - for the first half of my undergraduate education, I lived in New Orleans and studied Neuroscience at Tulane University. There, I took a Teaching position for an AP Calculus class at New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School my first real experience in a teacher-like role in after-school study sessions. An important question to ask students became "What do you want to get out of the class and our time together?" this way I could align my expectations of students with their goals. After Tulane, I went back home to finish my undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Dallas. More of my teaching philosophy was developed here with positions as Teaching Assistant in Biochemistry and Supplemental Instruction Leader in Physics at the Student Success Center. Here, I started to see teaching as an art of sharing information and helping peers think in new ways about how to take-in and assimilate knowledge. I hadn't considered teaching as a career up to this point; I had always wanted to be a doctor. I took the MCAT in 2015, and interviewed for medical school in Texas. I decided on UT Southwestern. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience at UT Dallas and then went on to complete two and half years of medical school with clinical rotations at UT Southwestern Medical Center. I liked all the specialties in which I rotated, but I did not feel called to any one specialty in particular like my peers did. This is why I left medical school in 2018 to pursue a M.S. in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience at UT Dallas. Since then, I have taught with Kaplan Test Prep as an MCAT Instructor for In-Person, Kaplan Partner Solutions Institutional Partnerships, and Live Online delivery modes. At Kaplan, my teaching style has matured incorporating elements of growth mindset and learning science with spaced repetition of relevant concepts all while meeting students where they are on their journeys in education. Now as I finish my masters with specialization in Human Computer Interaction and User Experience Design, I am to complete my Teacher Certification in Texas, Mathematics 7-12. I plan to teach at the high school level this fall 2020.

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James’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at Dallas - Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience

Graduate Degree: The University of Texas at Dallas - Master of Science, Human-Computer Interaction

Test Scores

MCAT: 515

Hobbies

Listen to music, in stereo, keep up with tech and social podcasts, work out (at home now!), manage my smart home with Alexa, and stay up to date with new technology as it becomes available.

Tutoring Subjects

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Physics 2

Basic Computer Literacy

MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

Chess

College English

College Physics

Creative Writing

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

English

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

GED Social Studies

Graduate Test Prep

High School English

High School Physics

High School Writing

College Math

Languages

LSAT Essay Section

Mac Basic Computer Skills

Math

MCAT

MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

MCAT Verbal Reasoning

Molecular Biology

Molecular Genetics

Neurobiology

Neuroscience

Other

PCAT Biology

PCAT Chemistry

PCAT Quantitative Ability

PCAT Verbal Ability

Physics

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

Science

Spanish

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Spelling Bee

STAAR EOC Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Thermochemistry

Thermodynamics

Writing

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