Hello, my name is Mina and I'm a recent transplant from NC where I earned my PhD in biomedical engineering at Duke University. As far back as I can remember, I've always gravitated towards math and science and found the process of learning and grasping new concepts really thrilling and gratifying. Playing a role in helping others experience that same process is not only rewarding but also mutually beneficial for both tutor and tutee. As the saying goes, 'You don't really understand something until you can teach it', tutoring has really challenged and pushed me to understand and appreciate material more deeply and from various different angles.
For all 4 years of high school, I was a member of the school mathletes and science league competition teams (Chemistry, Biology, Physics) in which I consistently ranked amongst the highest percentile of scorers in the state. I sported my pocket protector and thick-rimmed glasses proudly! (Remember, this was back in the day when these things were nerdy, not hipster). Aside from competition, I served as a regular tutor for the school Tutoring Club where I helped fellow students weekly with homework and exam preparation in math and science. I also participated in community service outreach programs where we would regularly visit local shelters to provide volunteer tutoring services to the kids. When I went to college at the University of Pennsylvania, I pursued a BS in bioengineering which integrated math and science seamlessly and allowed you to see these fields in action! I continued to pursue tutoring whenever time permitted by participating in student-organized tutoring services that extended into local Philadelphia communities. For my PhD at Duke, I've learned to apply what I've learned of these fields into my own research and effectively communicate it to scientists and non-scientists alike. During grad school, I also acted as a teaching assistant for three different courses which covered engineering topics that included advanced transport phenomena, drug delivery/design, and computational modeling.
As for me as a person, I'm very grounded, smart, a bit spunky, and great at reading/understanding people. The last point is an important asset because recognizing each student's different learning style and his/her strengths/weaknesses is crucial to tailoring the tutoring experience to facilitate comprehension of the material.
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