I began tutoring high school chemistry 9 years ago for students of all levels – individually and in groups. While I have continued tutoring chemistry since then, I began tutoring Spanish as well during the past few years. I feel that I work well with students in the high school age range, and I have received positive feedback about my teaching skills both from students and parents, particularly about the ways in which I connect with my students. I have learned how to make learning information engaging and relevant, and how to motivate students to work hard. It is gratifying to see my students celebrate the successes of their hard work. I love to teach and have continued to teach in various settings throughout the years.
I have many experiences teaching in various settings. I worked for many years providing health education in women’s health clinics. I offered one-on-one visits as well as group classes to teach about pregnancy, breastfeeding, childbirth, nutrition, and contraception. During the year before I started medical school, I worked in a middle school as a substitute teacher. I rotated through almost every classroom in the school – 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, and taught in every subject. I used the templates the teachers would leave to develop lesson plans to keep the students engaged and on track, in their teachers’ absence. I reconnected with my own 7th grade science teacher who is now teaching at the school where I worked, and during my free periods, she would often have me teach a lesson to her class. I developed a great rapport with the teachers and the students, and feel that I was able to accomplish a lot in the classroom – as opposed to having students sit and work silently on homework, for example. While at the school, I was asked to teach a 6-week math course to 7th and 8th grade students in preparation for the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exam. Additionally, I was asked to teach Spanish for a week at the local high school when one of the teachers left unexpectedly on medical leave.
I have continued to teach while in medical school, as I started a Medical Spanish class for 1st and 2nd year students, which I ran for 6 weeks.
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