I decided to tutor in order to keep up my education while I decided on a temporary (or final) career path. I spent five years as an undergraduate pursuing many different and ever-changing majors. A soccer career was always on my mind, and therefore I spent my freshman year at Doane College playing soccer and taking courses to ultimately obtain a BIOCHEM major. My sophomore and junior years were spent at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
I continued playing soccer at NWU as a sophomore, but I did not see much time as I busted up my knee, nearly ending my ability to be an athlete. In addition to my injury, I decided I wanted to double major in BIOCHEM and PSYCHOLOGY. By the end of my junior year, I had taken so many science classes that I really was not sure what I wanted to pursue, and I realized that whatever degree I wanted to obtain would take at least five years of undergraduate coursework. Thus, I took a year off and reconsidered everything. I returned to school at the University of South Dakota where I ended up with a BIO major, Interdisciplinary minor, and all the pre-requisite classes necessary to be admitted to a physician assistant graduate program, among others. Presently, I find myself deciding among a career as a physician assistant, a traveling nurse (while I'm young), or a researcher in a lab setting.
As an undergraduate, I could easily find solutions to problems independently, by utilizing textbooks, via the internet, or by asking teachers and teaching aids. Whether I found solutions on my own or through additional resources, I had an ease of communicating my findings/solutions to my peers. The teachers that I appreciated and utilized the most were the ones who could explain topics in multiple ways, could answer my creative questions in creative ways, and had the utmost patience during difficult lessons. As a tutor, I will be that patient teaching aid that provides students with new study strategies and solutions to help them improve their grades and overall confidence in school. I kept many textbooks that I used as an undergraduate student, so if students struggle with homework or is given a poor textbook, I will be that aid that can fall back on my own textbooks and knowledge to explain subjects in the most helpful ways. However, just because I have these resources does not mean I will simply give students the answers they seek. I want the student to not only study, but to understand the material they are studying. I know too many peers (and even some teachers) who can memorize text by studying for hours on end, but when it comes time to test and the material looks slightly different, their grades suffer as they did not fully understand what they were studying.
I chose the various tutoring subjects because, through my extended undergraduate career, these were the subjects I covered over multiple semesters. Many of these subjects were also partly covered, or covered in greater depth, in related subject areas (such as histology, environmental science, ecology and evolution, psychology, molecular biology, various chemistry courses, physics, etc). Also, I enjoyed these subjects the most, and the teachers I had teaching them were those creative, patient teachers I mentioned above.
I have a BS in Biology where I specialized in subjects ranging from A&P, biochemistry, genetics, micro, histology, and cell biology (among others). I decided to tutor in order to keep up my education while I decided on a temporary (or final) career path. I spent five years as an undergraduate pursuing many different and ever-changing majors. A soccer career was always on my mind, and therefore I spent my freshman year at Doane College playing soccer and taking courses to ultimately obtain a
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