I'm Nevada Heft, and I just graduated from Lehigh University with a double major in behavioral neuroscience and psychology. My comprehensive and engaging lessons have consistently improved grades, and years of tutoring a diversity of subjects at Lehigh's Center for Academic Success (as well as independently) have made me a skilled biology, chemistry, math, English, and SAT tutor. For instance, many of my organic chemistry tutees at Lehigh signed up after a poor performance on the notoriously difficult first exam. Despite this, every student who consistently came to my sessions completed the course with a B or better.
I'm a born educator, and I dream about lecturing and conducting research as a university professor. I find no greater joy than seeing someone 'click' and comprehend a topic for the first time. That moment of epiphany can take trying a few different approaches; my time at the Center for Academic Success trained me to develop proper study skills in my students, but I bring more to each lesson than just good study habits and mnemonic devices. Two years ago, I taught myself how to program in the computer language Python to help some frustrated students navigate a typically confusing section of organic chemistry. By making an educational game, I discovered how quickly this form of immediate feedback and increased student engagement can turn conceptual mountains into molehills.
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