I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Montclair State University in January 2020. I am now working towards a Master of Science in Biology at The University of North Florida, where my graduate research will focus especially on microbiology and molecular biology. As a research assistant at The New Jersey Center for Water Science and Technology, I taught a summer biology course for incoming college freshmen majoring in STEM fields. I tutor high school and college Biology, including a variety of more advanced college courses in the biological sciences. Genetics is an especially exciting field, and so it is my favorite subject to tutor.
My motivation to tutor students comes from my own experience in college. When I first decided to major in Biology, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get through the required math courses. Algebra had never been my friend, and I feared that struggling with math would prevent me from pursuing my love of biology. But with the help of passionate professors and teaching assistants and a lot of hard work, of course I earned A's in my math courses, and discovered that I actually enjoyed the classes! I want to show students that there is no need to shy away from a subject that doesn't come easily to them; being challenged by a course doesn't mean you can't excel in it.
When it comes to mastering difficult material, my philosophy is: be active, not passive. For instance, if a student does not know the answer to a question, my solution is not to just give them the answer and move on. Instead, I'll ask the student to make some logical guesses based on their knowledge of a more fundamental concept. This way, I can guide the student towards the correct answer, and help build meaningful connections between different concepts in biology.
When I am not in class or at the lab, there's a good chance you'll find me drawing or painting. Making art has always been one of my favorite ways to express my thoughts and feelings. Spending time in nature is also very important to me, and someday I'd like to hike the entire Appalachian Trail!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Montclair State University - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: University of North Florida - Master of Science, Biology, General
I am a lifelong artist--colored pencil and watercolor are my favorite media to work in these days! In addition to making art, I also like to spend my free time hiking, birdwatching, crocheting, and reading. And though I'm not sure I'd be good at it, I'd also love to learn how to play the drums!