I attended college at Florida State University, majoring in Clinical Professions in the Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences Program through the College of Medicine. Before college, I had always struggled with understanding science and knew I had to find ways to teach myself the material in college. Learning to teach myself science was difficult but was essential for academic success. I love tutoring because I love figuring out how other people learn and altering the way I teach to help them learn to the best of my ability. This is one of the main reasons I love teaching. I have been a teaching assistant for Biology 1 (BSC2010) at Florida State University. I have also been a teaching assistant lab for Biology 1 at Florida State. From these opportunities, I have learned the various ways in which students learn, which has also inspired me to tutor. I am finishing my undergraduate degree this summer, and then am planning to attend the University of South Florida to obtain a master's in Medical Science. One day, I hope to work in the medical field, either researching the brain or working as a psychiatrist. I tutor almost all undergraduate science courses that are required for medical school, including biology 1 and 2, chemistry 1 and 2, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry 1 and 2, organic chemistry lab, eukaryotic diversity, and biochemistry. At Florida State, I also minored in psychology and will tutor for various undergraduate psychology courses including (but not limited to), social psychology, child abnormal psychology, abnormal psychology, child growth and development, contexts of adult development, and family relationship and life development. I can also tutor for some math classes, including college algebra. I also am interested in working with high school students who are taking classes, including biology, chemistry, English, and more. I would say that my favorite subject to tutor would either be biology or chemistry. When I was taking biology and chemistry as an undergraduate, I was constantly confused about how these classes applied to the "bigger picture" of science. However, I learned the importance of these classes when in my upper-level science classes such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, and eukaryotic diversity. Therefore, I try to ensure that every student I tutor has a complete understanding of the material they are struggling with because this material is fundamental and all science classes will continue to build atop this information. In other words, understanding the material in these classes is crucial to understanding the complex science in upper-level science classes. Also, learning and understanding the concepts associated with these classes was essential for studying and doing well on the MCAT, which I took on April 23rd. I love tutoring these classes in particular because I have built my knowledge of science on these concepts and understand their importance, which allows me to tutor the material effectively. Also, since I had to teach myself how to study for science classes, I have various tactics I use to help understand the material. These classes also interest me so much and every time I teach or tutor, I feel like I learn more about science and the human body, which I love! To effectively tutor a student, I feel like it is crucial to get to know them and their strengths and weaknesses. This information permits me to determine the most effective way to help the student learn the material. I believe learning differs from person to person & thus, to properly tutor someone, you have to get to know them and understand how they learn. From taking the MCAT, I have also learned the importance of practice. When I first began studying for the MCAT, I found myself trying to retain all the information I had learned from undergrad. However, I soon learned that to do well on the MCAT, you must learn how the MCAT tests. This is accomplished via practice problems and practice exams. To me, this philosophy does not differ for teaching. To do well on exams, you must understand the material very well. This means you cannot just memorize the material, but instead understand the underlying concepts. I believe the best way to understand something is through practice problems. Therefore, my tutoring will revolve around practicing problems to see what the student knows and struggles with. This will aid me in altering my tutoring to aid the student master the material.
Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University - Bachelor of Science, Premedicine
I have always been interested in the brain. I love reading books and academic journals about the brain and the current research that is being conducted regarding the brain. I also have a golden retriever named Cooper who is two years old. He keeps me pretty occupied! I am currently living near a huge park in Atlanta, so I am constantly walking Cooper and trying to train him. I love trying new things (especially food). I also have recently gotten into plants, and love taking care of them.
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