I recently obtained my doctorate in Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, May 2012. I have taught high school biology and chemistry for twelve years, heredity and society to undergraduate adults, as well as nutrition and ecology lab on the college level; I am an experienced tutor. My dissertation is a combination of the fields of cognitive psychology and science education, in which I examine the way in which students process science oriented information and the impact that this has on their memories and learning. I take a constructivist approach, in which I gauge a student’s background and tailor a personal approach that is appropriate to the student’s needs - learning, problem-solving and for memorizing new information. Prior to teaching I also did my undergraduate at Columbia University, worked as a clinical research assistant, and always strove to be well-rounded. I believe that it is my well-roundedness that has helped me become more attuned to students’ understanding of science, and has provided me with insights into students. I also like to use the Socratic Method accompanied by explanations, when appropriate, in order to help students become critical thinkers. My approach to tutoring as well as my current high school biology and chemistry classroom teaching, is to equip students not only with scientific knowledge that will give them temporary success in test taking, but also with the tools that will enable them to be successful in science in the future.
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