Throughout my academic career, I have instructed many students in both the classroom and in one-on-one private tutoring sessions due to my passion for helping others. As noted in my resume, I have been both a teaching assistant for courses at Hopkins, a volunteer tutor for inner city students, and a private tutor. When searching for opportunities to enrich my gap years before medical school, continuing my passion for teaching is a top priority. In fact, I continue to privately tutor but would greatly appreciate the opportunity to expand my clientele. From personal experience in pursuing a Biology degree from Johns Hopkins and studying for the MCAT, I have gained many study strategies that I hope to share with students to help them in their preparation for their subjects.
I have much experience teaching both in the classroom and in a one-on-one setting. In regards to the former, I was a teaching assistant for two courses at Johns Hopkins University: Cellular Biology Lab and Electron Microscopy Lab. With roughly 30 undergraduate students per course, I learned how to effectively manage my time and convey difficult biological concepts into manageable terms for students to understand. At the beginning of each lab, I discussed the biological concepts that were covered by the lab material and provided a brief overview of the procedures. Following the introduction, I proctored a 15-minute lab quiz and proceeded onto the lab itself. Throughout the lab, I taught, assisted, and helped verify the work of my students. My enthusiasm for teaching and experience with the material transforms the challenge of each lab into one that is manageable and fun. Students have often complimented me for my excellence in teaching through course evaluations. The experience has been rewarding as I learned how much I enjoy teaching, helping my peers, and have refined my teaching methods to be effective and influential.
In regards to one-on-one tutoring, at Hopkins, I partnered with inter-city middle school children struggling in school through an outreach program called Pen Lucy. This partnership program was designed to improve math and English skills and provide peer-to-peer advice. As a tutor, I helped my mentee Destiny, a 6th grader at the time, overcome her below average 4th grade level math skills of multiplication and reach a 6th grade math level of basic functional equations. As her mentor, I provided advice for different issues she faced at school, with friends, and at home. At the end, Destiny remarked that I had been an important example in her life and that my patience and influence in helping her succeed changed her goals and expectations for her own future.
In addition to Pen Lucy, I have also spent the last year privately tutoring two high school students in high school level biology, chemistry, math, and SAT materials. All in all, I have much experience teaching students on both the one-on-one and group level and have taught students varying in their skillsets. I believe that my experiences have equipped me to be a versatile and competitive candidate as a tutor.
Alongside previous teaching experiences, I have much experience with leadership, public speaking, and demonstrate a unique enthusiasm for learning. In regards to my leadership and public speaking abilities, I was President of a Hopkins admissions society called Blue Key Society and was the Ride Director for my team of 29 individuals as we cycled across the country for cancer with a non-profit organization called the 4K for Cancer. In regards to the former, Blue Key Society offered a means to reach out to prospective students and their families, assist in their admissions experience, and build my leadership skills. As president, I oversaw the operations of my executive board, trained and interviewed new applicants, and provided campus tours to groups as large as 100 people. This experience has provided an opportunity to build meaningful public speaking, interviewing, leadership, widsom in executive decision making, and peer-to-peer advice skills. On many occasions, my enthusiastic tours have made the admissions experience at Hopkins stand apart from those of other universities--an important quality when deciding between a dozen universities. In addition, I worked with a nonprofit organization called the 4K for Cancer where I lead 29 riders safely across the country in support of the fight against cancer. In this position, I motivated, supported, and helped my team mates bike 4,000 miles from Baltimore, MD to San Francisco, CA. Of all my leadership experiences, I believe that being the ride director was the most challenging and rewarding since the success and safety of my team was my sole responsibility. I also believe that such leadership and public motivational speaking skills are a necessary component to being an effective instructor.
Furthermore, I have a passion for the arts and sciences which is reflected in my degrees and success from Johns Hopkins. As a student, I discovered the value of learning and grew an enthusiasm for whatever subject I was studying. As a result, my passion for science and learning aids my teaching in the classroom as I can excite my students for the material. Therefore, I believe that my interpersonal, leadership, public speaking abilities, and enthusiasm equip me with the skills I need to qualify for and be a successful instructor.
In regards to relevant classes, I have taken biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, calculus, and many other biology courses like Reproductive Physiology at Hopkins. Additionally, I took geometry back in high school.
Finally, my SAT scores were Math:680, Verbal: 610, and writing: 680. I believe that I have definitely refined and improved these skills since high school due to my fruitful experiences at Hopkins.
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