I went to high school in Colorado Springs and took AP calculus, AP physics, AP chemistry, and honors biology. I played the clarinet in band, tried cross country for a season, and got through all my courses with an A average.
My plan was to become a doctor, so my major in college was biology with a minor in biomedical sciences. During college, I took human anatomy with cadaver lab, then went on to tutor students in that lab and dissect the cadavers they used. After undergrad, I went to medical school in Denver, during which my school paid me to tutor fellow students in anatomy. Amidst all this anatomy tutoring, I discovered a knack for helping people grasp information I understand. After graduating from medical school, I moved to Florida for my internship, but hit a wall and made the tough decision to make a career change. I find education so fulfilling that I am including it in my career plans.
I like to figure out what subjects my students understand and what interests they have. When possible, I draw analogies between what they already understand and what they're trying to learn. It's hard to memorize facts without understanding the conceptual framework they fit into, so my priority is on concepts.
No one wants to look ignorant, me included. However, I've found the best course of action when I don't know something is to admit my ignorance and guide the student in finding useful information instead of making something up to save face.
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