I received my BA in Philosophy from Macalester College in 2010 and then decided that I wanted to pursue a second dual bachelor's degree in Biology and Chemistry with the ultimate goal of applying to medical school and/or enter a PhD program in Chemistry or Biology.
I have taken all of the required courses for medical school (Biology I/II, Chemistry I/II, Organic Chemistry I/II, and Physics I/II) and many beyond those (Genetics, Cell Biology, Biochemistry) and have a 3.8 science GPA. Because of my combined background in humanities and science, I am able to tutor a wide variety of subjects and interconnect disciplines to stimulate interest. Due to my writing experience, I have gotten high marks on lab reports and can teach the skills needed to write an excellent lab report. Students often get overwhelmed with information in Biology, and so I would also teach how to organize the information (outlines) and make charts/diagrams in order to effectively study for tests and quizzes.
Another focus of mine is high school standardized testing. I have been working for a learning center that specializes in ACT/SAT/subject tutoring for over a year, so I'm extremely comfortable with the content and style of standardized exams. I emphasize not just understanding content but also understanding HOW to take standardized tests, which includes time management, bubbling strategies, using a watch during testing (ACT in particular), and using a calculator properly (ACT).
I custom design all of my curriculum for standardized testing students and can provide an example of lesson plans and generated worksheets for a particular ACT student that I tutored over the summer.
Confidence building, whether it be subject-tutoring or standardized test tutoring, is crucial when tutoring and I build that confidence through asking students questions and showing them that they do know the material, and that I am only there to augment their knowledge. I use positive reinforcement techniques and do not ever get frustrated with a student or make them feel inadequate.
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