I have worked with students ranging from the 3rd grade to Undergraduate coursework. I love helping students of all ages as I am passionate about the topics I love to tutor. I received by B.S. in Life Sciences, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University. I am currently a fourth year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix pursuing my M.D. Some of the subjects I tutor include Biology, Microbiology, Physiology, Life Sciences, Pharmacology, MCAT Biological Sciences, Graduate Test Prep and Cell Biology. Some of my favorite subjects to tutor would have to be MCAT Biological sciences and Life Sciences. These subjects are near and dear to me as I recently (2011) took the MCAT exam for entrance into medical school and my undergraduate major was in Life Sciences. I enjoy engaging with students and helping to lead them to the correct answer and understanding of concepts through a question and answer process. Outside of school I love to hike, bike, and golf. You can typically find me outdoors on a day off!
Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelors, Life Sciences
Graduate Degree: University of Arizona - Current Grad Student, Medicine
MCAT Biological Sciences: 11
MCAT Physical Sciences: 11
Golfing and hiking
What is your teaching philosophy?
I love to teach in a progressive question and answer style. I ask questions that lead the student to the correct answer or understanding of a concept.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Outside of standard introductions, I would like to get a sense of the student's motivation and willingness to learn.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Empowering students to think on their own without spoon-feeding them an answer helps them to become independent learners.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Target the skills or concepts and really form a fundamental understanding of why the student is having difficulty with that particular subject matter.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Making the environment personal and welcoming always allows a student to feel comfortable and maximizes learning potential.