I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2012 with a 4.00/4.00 GPA in Molecular and Cell Biology and an emphasis in Biochemistry. I graduated with honors and received the Grace Figmonari Memorial Prize in May 2012 for being the outstanding graduating senior in the Biochemistry emphasis. I am highly qualified to teach a wide variety of subjects, including biology, chemistry, physics, math (algebra, calculus, etc.)and prep for tests such as the ACT, SAT and MCAT. I took the MCAT in September 2011 and received a score in the 98-99th percentile. I have always had a passion for tutoring and teaching, and tutored many subjects, including AP Biology and AP Calculus BC for two years in high school. Throughout my four years at UC Berkeley, I was an active volunteer in Peer Health Exchange (PHE), where I taught hour long health workshops at local Bay Area high schools each week. I was also Co-Coordinator of PHE at Berkeley for two years, managing a group of over 100 student volunteers, so I know how to be an effective leader and am very responsible and skilled at communication.
My teaching philosophy is understanding, not mere memorization. I explain concepts clearly, so my students understand and grasp concepts at a deeper level so they can work out and solve problems even if they do not know the answer initially. I believe truly understanding concepts promotes stronger reception and retainment of information that is important for successful test taking and long term learning. I do not just tell students the answer, but ask them good questions to help them figure out the solution for themselves. I am very patient and approachable, so students are not afraid to ask me questions, and I am willing to take the time to ensure students fully understand the material.
I also graduated in March 2013 from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, receiving a diploma in French pastry and cuisine. I can also share my experiences studying in Paris for a year and give some tips on making good food!
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