In the spring of 2012, I graduated from Amherst College, cum laude; I was pre-med with a double major in Biology and French. Throughout my four years, I took an extremely heavy science course load in preparation for medical school. I have taken organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, introductory biology, anatomy, physiology, ecology, cell and molecular biology, evolutionary biology, and physics. My senior honors thesis was in Evolutionary Biology, more specifically, the mating systems and phylogeography of a tomato plant. My other major, French, was predominantly French literature (medieval up to current-day) and film, with an emphasis on in-depth written analysis of classics in the aforementioned domains.
In addition to work in the classroom, during my time at Amherst I played basketball on the #1-ranked Women’s D3 Basketball team in the country. We won 3 straight conference titles, made four straight Final Four appearances, and won the National Championship in 2011. Therefore, I am very comfortable with multi-tasking, and I have developed the tools that enable me to be successful whilst undertaking numerous laborious tasks.
After graduation, I worked as a teaching assistant through the French Ministry of Education on the French overseas territory, Reunion Island (located in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Madagascar). There, I taught English and Biology to French high school students in addition to tutoring private clients. Therefore, I already have numerous lesson plans in place, and I am able to adapt to accommodate various age groups. With younger students, I like to make sure that they have a firm handle on the basics. In French: conjugation of etre and avoir, general pronunciation, basic grammar, and also an idea of some French culture. Once a solid foundation has been established, there is a smooth transition into more complex lesson plans that incorporate French books, shows, and dialogue. I believe that in order to learn a language, one must be exposed to it in various forms, especially speaking it as often as possible.
In terms of Biology, I have a similar philosophy of building upon the fundamentals. Generally, I would start with cell and molecular biology, transition into human anatomy and physiology-the various organ systems (respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, etc) and finally geology and evolution. However, due to the numerous domains of biology, if there is one facet that the student wishes to pursue in-depth, that can easily be catered to. Moreover, if there is a specific curriculum that the student already has, then I can simply help bolster their overall knowledge of the subject matter. Overall, I have a diverse skillset, and I hope that I will be able to assist you or your child in some way with your studying/learning.
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