Princeton University (Politics Pre-Med)
Hello everyone! I am a recent Princeton graduate and heading to Stanford School of Medicine this fall, and am absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to tutor students in the subjects that I love! I currently work as a research assistant in a laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where I conduct studies in basic science, translational medicine, and write scientific academic papers. I am a peer-reviewed published author, and have 7 papers listed on PubMed (3 first authorships, 4 co-authorships). Being both a politics and pre-medicine major during my undergraduate career, where I graduated cum laude, I am knowledgeable in both the humanities and the sciences. However, most of my tutoring experience and intellectual expertise lies within the hard sciences.
I started tutoring when I was in high school. During free periods and after school, I would travel to the elementary schools and middle school in my town and aid students in their science classes. In college, I tutored elementary, middle, and high school students in the Trenton area in subjects running the gamut from critical reading and writing to the hard sciences (biology, chemistry, physiology & anatomy).
I loved being given the opportunity to teach concepts which I was learning at an advanced placement high school/ college level to younger students, because I was able to use my very deep knowledge of the material to explain it so a 3rd or 8th grader could understand it as well. My science coursework in high school included: biology, chemistry, physics, AP biology, AP Chemistry and anatomy. My science course work at Princeton included: molecular biology, evolutionary biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics. Also, I love to work with children, and coming from a big family with many nieces, nephews, and young cousins, I have a lot of experience explaining subjects on a rudimentary level to aid them with their homework.
When tutoring students, I find the most effective methods to be focusing on the broader themes of material and figuring out what the student does not understand or needs extra help understanding. I like to start my sessions off with posing the question: "What is the big picture?" or "What is the major takeaway?" From there, it is all about figuring out what the gaps in the student's knowledge are, and what pieces of information need to be further explained and practiced to get a general understanding of the overlying concepts. This is particularly important in the sciences, where I find that many students focus too much on the details, and do not take a step back and figure out the core concept and see how the details fit within that concept. Also, as a tutor, I find that practicing is very important, so that once the student understands the concept or the problem solving technique, they can apply it repeatedly in different scenarios.
I also take a very optimistic and flexible approach to tutoring. I find it very important for the student to feel empowered and in charge of their understanding, and to never feel like “they can’t do it” or “they are bad at X, Y, Z.” When we hit a wall, we will build a door for the student to understand the material. When one approach of explaining the material does not click for the student, I will try plan B, C and so forth until they feel like they have a deep understanding.
I am always open for parent involvement and feedback in the process. Parents should feel comfortable reaching out to me to let me know what their students need extra help on, and are free to voice their questions/thoughts/concerns.
Hello everyone! I am a recent Princeton graduate and heading to Stanford School of Medicine this fall, and am absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to tutor students in the subjects that I love! I currently work as a research assistant in a laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where I conduct studies in basic science, translational
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I was a political science major at Princeton University, where I graduated cum laude. I completed a year long thesis project in comparative politics which received an A. I also needed to complete a comprehensive exam with essay and multiple choice questions which required me to answer a wide range of questions pertaining to political science.