I'm a recent Columbia graduate (BA, Biochemistry, 2012) working towards an MA in Statistics. My experience in tutoring includes teaching a physics recitation for a summer course for incoming engineers at Columbia - most of the students came from under-resourced high schools, schools that didn't necessarily offer AP Physics/Calculus, etc., and thus were at a comparative disadvantage against kids coming from top notch prep schools, good public high schools, etc. I also tutored an AP Biology student privately for a semester. My approach to teaching in the hard sciences is to emphasize problem solving and understanding over rote memorization. In dissecting the skills needed to succeed in a particular course, I'll focus on a core set of problems that capture the main ideas behind the course, and then learn every possible approach to solving the problem. I'm a pretty thorough, detail-oriented student myself, so I do spend a lot of time poring over the notes and other available online resources, but my main tactic is to learn a lot of different types of problems really well, and then practice solving them under test conditions.
At Columbia I completed extensive upper level coursework in basic biology (genetics, development, molecular biology and biochemistry), chemistry (gen chem, orgo and physical chemistry), physics (introductory mechanics, E and M, and quantum mechanics), and mathematics/statistics (calculus through multivariable, linear algebra, differential equations and introductory probability/statistics). I earned A/high B level grades in most of these courses; my cumulative GPA was a 3.68. I was also on the dean's list for five semesters. Outside of science I'm an avid guitarist - I've studied jazz for many years and I'm always checking out shows and jam sessions in the city.
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