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Tufts University (Biopsychology)
Teachers College at Columbia University (Graduate Coursework)
Hi everyone! My name is Fahd and I'm a graduate student of Neuroscience and Education candidate at Columbia.
I'm from Boston and recently came out to NYC for grad school. My core interests are Biology, Psychology, History, and Linguistics. My area of study fortunately combines many of these, in the study of human development and information processing along with connected education policies. I studied Latin for six years, Spanish for four, and I am currently studying Mandarin in my free time between classwork.
My GRE scores are 96th% Verbal, 83rd% Quantitative, and 98th% Writing, as well as 91st% Biology subject test.
I specialize in preparing people for the General and Biology subject GREs, Modern European, World, and US History, as well as the Biology AP tests, and in teaching English to non-native speakers of all ages and education levels. I have over five years of teaching experience and look forward to working with you on your projects!
During my undergraduate education I worked as a track and field coach for a prestigious Boston high-school and interlaced biomechanics and exercise physiology into workouts which I assigned. During the summers I alternated teaching at inner-city engineering programs and doing marine science research.
I have taught English in several different environments, from English Immersion middle schools and Business English adult education centers in South Korea, to working with immigration detainees and sentenced adults in Boston prisons. I developed an entire ESL program on my own over the course of this work, including making several dual language dictionaries, creating my own system of tests, and creating a curriculum with module based lesson plans.
Now I am cycling back to a more science focus in my own studies, but I remain pointedly interested in helping others overcome their obstacles in learning.
Simply put, I'm obsessed with Biology. I integrated biology lessons into my track and field coaching work in order to give athletes a better understanding of the changes going on inside them and also to engender a sense of control about their results.
I conducted a NOAA funded endocrinology study on methylmercury, a dangerous and potentially lethal form of the metal, on salt-marsh turtles in order to evaluate how their diet and environment infused their internal organs with toxic substances.
My current graduate work focuses on the neuroscience of reading and cognitive development, which heavily compliments my teaching experience.
Through undergraduate work and continued to this day, I have been fascinated by how we perceive the world and learn, and the ways in which role nervous system development and environment can impact this.
Test wise, I have a 91st percentile Biology GRE score from the 2014 version of the test and a 94th percentile on the 2008 version. In high-school I scored a five out of five on the Advanced Placement test.
I have four years of ESL solo teaching experience, in South Korea and the United States. I have worked with speakers of Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and French, in order of proportion. I have experience working with students of all ages from mid-elementary to interested individuals in their sixties.
I have designed my own lessons and worked in several styles of instruction, from one-on-one free conversation, phonics and English reading rules, mock-debate and dissertation defense strategies, idiom and general etymology (studying the origins of words and phrases and their core meanings), as well as practicing elocution (the art of skillfully expressing your ideas though concise and poignant word selection).
My personal philosophy about learning English is to acknowledge that English is incredibly difficult, and that the "why?" of English rules can be just as important to your understanding as knowing what words to use.
In the case of learning English from the ground up, I prefer to work on the rules of time and subjects instead of memorizing phrases.
I spend a lot of my time reading history texts and listening to history podcasts, as I decided to pursue Biology academically and History recreationally midway through my undergraduate studies. I love exploring and discussing history and new theses, especially explaining the context and impact of singular events, which helps memorization in students. Often people have an approach into studying history where they attempt to make flashcards and memorize isolated facts, which does not work as well as connecting events to each other and how they play off one another in sequence, or looking at the impact and letting that instill the emphasis necessary to remember something.
My specialty epochs would be Greek, Roman, and Byzantine History, British Colonial and US history, and US Foreign policy.
I scored a five each in the US History AP, US Government AP, and Modern European History AP, and also received a four on the World History AP.
I always enjoy working with people to bridge their knowledge to new topics, while making sure each lesson resonates and fits the way you think.
Let me know what you can do and what you need, and I'll find a way to get you there ASAP. Hi everyone! My name is Fahd and I'm a graduate student of Neuroscience and Education candidate at Columbia.
I'm from Boston and recently came out to NYC for grad school. My core interests are Biology, Psychology, … Read more
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