A little about me:
I graduated from Florida State University in 2009 with a BS in Biology. After working as a lab technician for about a year, I moved up to Philadelphia where I earned a Master’s in Biology from Drexel University in 2012. After graduating from Drexel, I worked as an admissions counselor for their pre-medical post-baccalaureate program while I was applying to medical school. In 2012 I moved back down to Florida to start medical school at NSU COM, where I’ll be for the next four years.
I have been tutoring or teaching in some form or another, both formally and informally, since I was a junior at FSU, and if I didn’t love medicine so much, I would certainly be teaching. While at FSU, I worked with a program called Biology Mentors, where the senior students would tutor the younger students. There I tutored pretty much every undergraduate science class under the sun. When I moved to Philadelphia, I worked as a teaching assistant and private tutor at a charter high school for 3 years while I was working on my Master’s. There I worked with students on high school Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Writing courses.
I have had a wide range of exposure to science courses from years of studying in undergrad, graduate, and medical school. This includes everything from Botany to Neuroanatomy and Marine Biology to Pharmacology. While tutoring for Wyzant I have also worked with a wide range of students, from 9th grade biology students to nursing students. The average is probably about 60:40, high school:college students.
My Teaching Style:
The way I do things would be the polar opposite of a traditional sit-in-lecture-and-silently-take-notes-from-a-Powerpoint-slide type of style. I believe that is an absolutely terrible way to get students really interested in something, let alone learn it. During my sessions, plan to be interactive (I’m sure my former students can attest to the annoyance of always hearing my ask, “…why?”). There is no way I’m going to let you get away with just knowing how to plug numbers into an equation, you’ve got to know why. I’m going to ask questions that are in, out, up, and down from the way you learned it.
Also, I have found (and of course, learned through trial and error myself) that most students don’t really have trouble with the actual material or the concepts, but rather struggle with organizing the huge amount of information presented, both physically in their notes, and in their mind. We work on this problem together by, for example, creating summary sheets, keeping all notes organized, and working on thinking in a simple to complex fashion. Combined with the many other techniques and tricks I have learned along the way, these classes become very easy.
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to message me.
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