During my undergraduate career at the University of California, Irvine, I tutored through the Learning and Academic Resource Center (LARC) as an Organic Chemistry
tutor throughout my third year. Tutoring through LARC required a great deal of preparation on my behalf, including attendance to class lectures and the creation of a thorough lesson plan for each session. Once my junior year was completed I began private tutoring students and group tutoring outside of LARC. Many of the students I tutored in my final fourth year were previous students who were continuing their organic chemistry
series. These students individually contacted me for tutoring services and I still keep in contact with many of them after graduating in June of 2012.
LARC provided me with a solid foundation in teaching strategies since I also took a course designed to teach specific techniques to utilize in tutoring sessions. I understand the importance of creating an efficient work environment and good rapport with the students in order to maximize their ability to ask questions comfortably. Throughout the past 2 years I have tutored 85 students and have received superior reviews from students, with only a few receiving a grade of C
in their organic chemistry class, and the remainder receiving a grade of B or better.
Throughout private tutoring sessions, I like to structure sessions in a way that is specific to each student. If, for example, a student is struggling with fundamentals, I begin by discussing those topics and working through examples to make sure the student is able to apply basic concepts. However, if the student is having trouble integrating multiple concepts I work through problem sets step by step and then allow the student to work alone to assess their approach.
Even though I have mainly worked with college students in Organic Chemistry, I am comfortable with a variety of topics in Biology
as well - either at the high school or college level. This includes biochemistry
, molecular biology and microbiology
. Additionally, my Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and preparation for the MCAT
allows me to be a good resource and mentor to students interested in pursuing an academic and/or professional career in the health field.
24 hours notice required
Travels within 10 miles of Burbank, CA 91502