In my opinion, classrooms don't always foster the best learning environment. School curriculum is often designed to be a certain pace and give everyone an equal footing. Unfortunately, this doesn't work when everyone learns in different ways and has different strengths. That's why I love helping students better understand concepts in ways that make sense to them. My best experiences have been teaching science to Saint Louis area middle school students. Through non-profit volunteer work I have had the opportunity to teach life sciences to students in the classroom, design fun messy experiments, and apply that science to everyday life. I'm not a fan of learning by repetition, but when that is an appropriate method I prefer to 'crawl, walk, run', building on material rather than repeating the same boring facts.
I have worked with Afghan soldiers who were barely literate until they could conduct complex military operations, trained soldiers and airmen how perform many different tasks, and tutored other veteran college students in subjects using examples they were familiar with.
During my military service I studied international relations and history, two subjects I've always had a passion for. After my service I began pursuing a degree in biology, obtaining my associate degree from East Central College, studying a year at Saint Louis University, and am now completing my BA in Biology (pre-med) as well as my BA in Psychology at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. I am consistently asked to edit the writings and admissions applications of friends and colleagues, having been very successful in improving their essays. The combination of experience with analysis and writing also contributes to an ability to estimate what material to focus on for testing.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Missouri-St Louis - Bachelor in Arts, Biology, General
ACT Reading: 31
I love the outdoors, nature, animals, hiking exploring, etc., and endurance running is now a hobby of mine. Maybe this is a justification to seek out new ice cream or donut places.