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Victor P.

Experienced surgeon who loves teaching!

Experienced surgeon who loves teaching!

$55/hour

  • 1,901 hours tutoring

About Victor


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**COVID19 DISCOUNT!** Seeing the major educational disruptions that health profession students are experiencing I am offering a temporary discount during this public health crisis.

I AM REDUCING MY TUTORING RATE TO $55/HR UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Please note that I am suspending in-person sessions until further notice. Stay safe!

More about me:

Learning and sharing knowledge are my life. As a medical doctor and surgeon I have done plenty of studying, lots of learning from others, as well as...

**COVID19 DISCOUNT!** Seeing the major educational disruptions that health profession students are experiencing I am offering a temporary discount during this public health crisis.

I AM REDUCING MY TUTORING RATE TO $55/HR UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Please note that I am suspending in-person sessions until further notice. Stay safe!

More about me:

Learning and sharing knowledge are my life. As a medical doctor and surgeon I have done plenty of studying, lots of learning from others, as well as teaching, explaining, listening and communicating.

As a tutor I look forward to getting to know your unique way of thinking and your particular academic challenge. I am highly flexible and contactable; I only keep a very small and select group of students at any one time. This enables me to get to know you better and makes our work together much more productive, effective, and enjoyable. I am passionate about teaching and I work hard at it because there are few greater pleasures than helping someone master an idea and make it their own.

As a pediatric surgeon I have had the opportunity to convey important and complex scientific concepts to adults and children of all ages, usually under difficult circumstances. I've learned to distill an idea and share it in its purest form, using plain language, visual aids whenever possible, and tailoring my approach to ensure that my student has grasped the concept.

Einstein once wrote, "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science." I believe the mysterious is beautiful because it dares us to understand it... and ALL humans are experts at understanding. I love proving this to each and every one of my students.


Education

Hamilton College
Biology
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
MD

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Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Ever since High School I have had many opportunities to speak in public both formally and informally. At Hamilton College, my Biology degree required several presentations. At the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland several clinical projects were presented to my classmates. Since graduating from Medical School (2002) clinical surgical training has required me to regularly present patient cases, as well as research projects, in several settings: from small group tutorials to international surgical conferences. All requiring thorough preparation, audio-visual media planning and rehearsal as well as plenty of giving and receiving of constructive criticism. I have taught public speaking to over a dozen junior residents in preparation for their own conference presentations.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Learning English as a second language is a unique endeavor for both children and adults which makes it unlike any other subject. This is because there are subtle, but very important cultural and every-day factors that must be considered when learning English *after* having arrived to the United States. I lived this extraordinary experience when I was 11 years old and we moved from Mexico to the U.S. I didn't know more than 3 or 4 sentences and didn't understand most of the English I heard or read. With the help of a dedicated ESL teacher and much hard work I was able to fully integrate myself academically and socially within 1 school year, join extra-curricular activities, take my SAT exams, attend a highly competitive college and continue onto a world-class medical school. I have even moved on to learning Italian and some French! But I have never forgotten the surreal feeling of living in a country without speaking the language: the challenges this presents and the emotions it elicits: excitement, uncertainty, confusion, disorientation, misunderstanding, homesickness. It is all part of the 'ESL/ESOL Experience.' This is why, over the past 27 years I have always taken the opportunity to get involved in integrating new arrivals and to teach English to anyone who might need it. I have studied languages, taken a college course in translation, and taught both English and Spanish to many students of all ages. I look forward to helping you integrate into your new English-speaking environment so that you too can establish your new home, thrive at school or work, contribute to your surroundings and enjoy the amazing experience of living in more than one culture.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As a surgeon with 10 years of clinical and research experience I have had to proofread countless documents for my own education and career as well as for those of many others. I actually enjoy and take pride in taking the time to ensure my ideas will be presented in writing in the clearest and most effective manner. Proofreading requires an obsessive attention to detail and wisdom to know what to leave in and what to cut out in order for the idea to shine through. This is how proofreading and proper editing merge into one another and the two most be a seamless process. I look forward to helping you make the very best of your ideas in writing.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Ever since High School I have had many opportunities to speak in public both formally and informally. At Hamilton College, my Biology degree required several presentations. At the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland several clinical projects were presented to my classmates. Since graduating from Medical School (2002) clinical surgical training has required me to regularly present patient cases, as well as research projects, in several settings: from small group tutorials to international surgical conferences. All requiring thorough preparation, audio-visual media planning and rehearsal as well as plenty of giving and receiving of constructive criticism. I have taught public speaking to over a dozen junior residents in preparation for their own conference presentations.
Spanish

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker since I was born and raised in Mexico City. To this day I have continued to communicate with my immediate family and relatives exclusively in full Spanish and we pride ourselves in respectfully avoiding the blending of English and Spanish, which occurs so often and takes away from the integrity of both beautiful languages. As part of my College degree I hold a Minor in Latin American Studies, which involved several courses, all writing-intensive and all requiring extensive reading of Spanish-language literature. Among these courses was the" Art of Spanish Translation." I have traveled throughout Mexico and Spain, as well as to Puerto Rico, and Chile, which has exposed me to several of the many accents in the language. I am proud to observe, even if I am perhaps somewhat biased, that in my experience, Mexican Spanish is one of the clearest and most universally understood and easy-to-learn forms of the language since it denotes each and every letter and the sounds aren't as nuanced as in other countries. I look forward to sharing my love for my mother language with you and wish you all the very best in mastering it.

Elementary Education

Elementary Science,

Elementary Science

In high school I enjoyed all of my science courses, was part of the Astronomy Club, did research in genetics in the summer, participated in the Olympiad of the Mind Regional Science Competitions and was a finalist at the New York State Department of Energy Competition for Innovative Alternative Sources of Energy. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Hamilton College (Top 25 Liberal Arts Colleges) with a Senior Thesis honored by the Sigma Xi Science Honor Society. As part of my pre-med requirements I completed a year of (each): inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, calculus. Moreover, I hold a Medical Degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and have 9 years of clinical experience in medicine, surgery and many of its various sub-specialities. Finally, I continue to enjoy a life-long fascination with science in all of its forms, from Astronomy to Ecology to Zoology. I was first inspired to be a scientist when I was very young. I know how important it is to be introduced science by being shown its importance and relevance, but it's just as important to also experience the excitement of discovery from the very beginning.
Spelling,

Spelling

I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Hamilton College (New York) which is a liberal arts institution with strict communication requirements of all its graduates, irrespective of major. All programs have a minimum number of courses which are reading, writing, and/or public speaking intensive. This education gave me a sound foundation in spelling. Moreover, having been a Biology Major and having completed Medical School after College, my entire career has depended on attention to detail and accurate spelling since I deal with Greco-latin terminology in medicine such as 'Sternocleidomastoid fasciitis' as well as ever changing medication trade names such as 'Paclitaxel', and 'Trastuzumab'! A large part of medical training and practice involves writing reports, presentations and submitting papers for publication. This gives most practitioners very strong writing skills. I look forward to helping you develop your writing skills, starting with meticulous spelling which will serve you well for a very long time. And don't forget that one of the best ways to improve your spelling is to read... a whole lot! so when the moment comes for you to write a new word... the right spelling will "just look right" to you! Best of luck in your studies!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have rarely been one of those students who seem to sail through courses effortlessly. Therefore I have had to rely on solid study habits, discipline, and diligence to complete my Biology degree, my senior thesis (which was recognized by Sigma Xi, the science honor society), my subsequent medical degree, and gain my post-graduate qualification as a member of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (of England, Scotland and Ireland). Study skills are usually learned by much trial and error which can be awfully time-consuming, frustrating, and sometimes downright discouraging. I can can put my many years of learned study skills to good use - and to the test - by sharing my experience of taking on difficult and dense subjects and ensuring their successful mastery with the right skills. These essential skills include finding the best support from one's family, identifying the right time and space to study effectively, choosing and organizing one's materials, creating a realistic schedule which works with all other distractors, not against them. Moreover, we can review specific memorizing techniques, word associations, audio-visual techniques, test-taking skills, and mastering complicated concepts by breaking them down into manageable pieces. Studying is as much of an art as it is a science. And it is also a sport in that only practice can make perfect. Studying and self-education is a life-long endeavor in my field of medicine and I know I can help you to study better, more efficiently and more enjoyably! Best of luck!
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Hamilton College (New York) which is a liberal arts institution with strict communication requirements of all its graduates, irrespective of their major. All programs have a minimum number of courses which are reading, writing, and/or public speaking intensive. This education gave me a sound foundation in language and vocabulary. Moreover, having been a Biology Major and having completed Medical School after College, my entire career has depended on attention to detail and precise terminology. Many have compared studying medicine to learning a new foreign language. Being fluent in both Spanish and English I can certainly attest to that point of view. And again, learning a language requires being precise and wise in choosing the best term to express an idea or feeling. A large part of medical training and practice involves writing reports, presentations and submitting papers for publication. This gives most practitioners very strong vocabulary and writing skills. I look forward to helping you develop your skills, starting with meticulous term selection built on a growing vocabulary which will serve you well for a very long time. And don't forget that one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is to read... a whole lot! So when the moment comes for you to try using a new word you will have seen it in its adequate context at least once before! Best of luck in your studies!
Reading

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Learning English as a second language is a unique endeavor for both children and adults which makes it unlike any other subject. This is because there are subtle, but very important cultural and every-day factors that must be considered when learning English *after* having arrived to the United States. I lived this extraordinary experience when I was 11 years old and we moved from Mexico to the U.S. I didn't know more than 3 or 4 sentences and didn't understand most of the English I heard or read. With the help of a dedicated ESL teacher and much hard work I was able to fully integrate myself academically and socially within 1 school year, join extra-curricular activities, take my SAT exams, attend a highly competitive college and continue onto a world-class medical school. I have even moved on to learning Italian and some French! But I have never forgotten the surreal feeling of living in a country without speaking the language: the challenges this presents and the emotions it elicits: excitement, uncertainty, confusion, disorientation, misunderstanding, homesickness. It is all part of the 'ESL/ESOL Experience.' This is why, over the past 27 years I have always taken the opportunity to get involved in integrating new arrivals and to teach English to anyone who might need it. I have studied languages, taken a college course in translation, and taught both English and Spanish to many students of all ages. I look forward to helping you integrate into your new English-speaking environment so that you too can establish your new home, thrive at school or work, contribute to your surroundings and enjoy the amazing experience of living in more than one culture.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As a surgeon with 10 years of clinical and research experience I have had to proofread countless documents for my own education and career as well as for those of many others. I actually enjoy and take pride in taking the time to ensure my ideas will be presented in writing in the clearest and most effective manner. Proofreading requires an obsessive attention to detail and wisdom to know what to leave in and what to cut out in order for the idea to shine through. This is how proofreading and proper editing merge into one another and the two most be a seamless process. I look forward to helping you make the very best of your ideas in writing.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Ever since High School I have had many opportunities to speak in public both formally and informally. At Hamilton College, my Biology degree required several presentations. At the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland several clinical projects were presented to my classmates. Since graduating from Medical School (2002) clinical surgical training has required me to regularly present patient cases, as well as research projects, in several settings: from small group tutorials to international surgical conferences. All requiring thorough preparation, audio-visual media planning and rehearsal as well as plenty of giving and receiving of constructive criticism. I have taught public speaking to over a dozen junior residents in preparation for their own conference presentations.
Spelling,

Spelling

I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Hamilton College (New York) which is a liberal arts institution with strict communication requirements of all its graduates, irrespective of major. All programs have a minimum number of courses which are reading, writing, and/or public speaking intensive. This education gave me a sound foundation in spelling. Moreover, having been a Biology Major and having completed Medical School after College, my entire career has depended on attention to detail and accurate spelling since I deal with Greco-latin terminology in medicine such as 'Sternocleidomastoid fasciitis' as well as ever changing medication trade names such as 'Paclitaxel', and 'Trastuzumab'! A large part of medical training and practice involves writing reports, presentations and submitting papers for publication. This gives most practitioners very strong writing skills. I look forward to helping you develop your writing skills, starting with meticulous spelling which will serve you well for a very long time. And don't forget that one of the best ways to improve your spelling is to read... a whole lot! so when the moment comes for you to write a new word... the right spelling will "just look right" to you! Best of luck in your studies!
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Hamilton College (New York) which is a liberal arts institution with strict communication requirements of all its graduates, irrespective of their major. All programs have a minimum number of courses which are reading, writing, and/or public speaking intensive. This education gave me a sound foundation in language and vocabulary. Moreover, having been a Biology Major and having completed Medical School after College, my entire career has depended on attention to detail and precise terminology. Many have compared studying medicine to learning a new foreign language. Being fluent in both Spanish and English I can certainly attest to that point of view. And again, learning a language requires being precise and wise in choosing the best term to express an idea or feeling. A large part of medical training and practice involves writing reports, presentations and submitting papers for publication. This gives most practitioners very strong vocabulary and writing skills. I look forward to helping you develop your skills, starting with meticulous term selection built on a growing vocabulary which will serve you well for a very long time. And don't forget that one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is to read... a whole lot! So when the moment comes for you to try using a new word you will have seen it in its adequate context at least once before! Best of luck in your studies!
Writing,

Writing

I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Hamilton College (New York) which is a liberal arts institution with strict communication requirements of all its graduates, irrespective of major. All programs have a minimum number of courses which are reading, writing, and/or public speaking intensive. This education gave me a sound foundation in language and vocabulary. Moreover, having been a Biology Major and having completed Medical School after College, my entire career has depended on attention to detail and precise terminology. Many have compared studying medicine to learning a new foreign language. Being fluent in both Spanish and English I can certainly attest to that point of view. And again, learning a language requires being precise and wise in choosing the best term to express an idea or feeling. A large part of medical training and practice involves writing reports, presentations and submitting papers for publication. This gives most practitioners very strong writing skills. I look forward to helping you develop your skills, starting with meticulous term selection built on a growing vocabulary which will serve you well for a very long time. And don't forget that one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is to read... a whole lot! So when the moment comes for you to try using a new word you will have seen it in its adequate context at least once before! Best of luck in your studies!
English, Reading

History

Geography

Geography

One learns a subject best when it is relevant to one's life. Geography has always been an important part of my life ever since I browsed my first issue of National Geographic Magazine as a child. Ever since, I have been fortunate enough to have made good friends from all over the world while living in 4 countries in 2 continents while always keeping a passionate curiosity to learn about the people around me. I was born and raised in Mexico the first 11 years. I then lived in the United States for another 11 years, then in Ireland for 13, in England for 1, and in France for 6 months. I have traveled extensively to Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Chile, Argentina, Ireland, France, Italy, Greece, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, The Vatican, in addition to countless places in the United States. And I have always been interested in learning about other people's lives and environment, be it natural, cultural or political. And I have a passion for world food, which is also one great way to appreciate other nations and their culture! : ) So let's discover the world together!

Homeschool

Biology,

Biology

I hold a bachelor's degree in Biology with emphasis in Vertebrates but also involved Microbiology, Ecology and several other core subjects. My Biology Senior Thesis was on comparative functional anatomy in man and primates which was honored by the Sigma Xi Science Honor Society. Part of my thesis included teaching and the creation of didactic materials for future students. Moreover, I hold a Medical Degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and have 9 years of clinical experience in medicine, surgery and many of its various sub-specialities. Finally, I continue to enjoy a life-long fascination with life in all of its forms and I am currently working on a multi-part documentary I am making of wildlife for my toddler daughters to one day watch and learn to appreciate the life around us.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Learning English as a second language is a unique endeavor for both children and adults which makes it unlike any other subject. This is because there are subtle, but very important cultural and every-day factors that must be considered when learning English *after* having arrived to the United States. I lived this extraordinary experience when I was 11 years old and we moved from Mexico to the U.S. I didn't know more than 3 or 4 sentences and didn't understand most of the English I heard or read. With the help of a dedicated ESL teacher and much hard work I was able to fully integrate myself academically and socially within 1 school year, join extra-curricular activities, take my SAT exams, attend a highly competitive college and continue onto a world-class medical school. I have even moved on to learning Italian and some French! But I have never forgotten the surreal feeling of living in a country without speaking the language: the challenges this presents and the emotions it elicits: excitement, uncertainty, confusion, disorientation, misunderstanding, homesickness. It is all part of the 'ESL/ESOL Experience.' This is why, over the past 27 years I have always taken the opportunity to get involved in integrating new arrivals and to teach English to anyone who might need it. I have studied languages, taken a college course in translation, and taught both English and Spanish to many students of all ages. I look forward to helping you integrate into your new English-speaking environment so that you too can establish your new home, thrive at school or work, contribute to your surroundings and enjoy the amazing experience of living in more than one culture.
Spanish,

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker since I was born and raised in Mexico City. To this day I have continued to communicate with my immediate family and relatives exclusively in full Spanish and we pride ourselves in respectfully avoiding the blending of English and Spanish, which occurs so often and takes away from the integrity of both beautiful languages. As part of my College degree I hold a Minor in Latin American Studies, which involved several courses, all writing-intensive and all requiring extensive reading of Spanish-language literature. Among these courses was the" Art of Spanish Translation." I have traveled throughout Mexico and Spain, as well as to Puerto Rico, and Chile, which has exposed me to several of the many accents in the language. I am proud to observe, even if I am perhaps somewhat biased, that in my experience, Mexican Spanish is one of the clearest and most universally understood and easy-to-learn forms of the language since it denotes each and every letter and the sounds aren't as nuanced as in other countries. I look forward to sharing my love for my mother language with you and wish you all the very best in mastering it.
Spelling,

Spelling

I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Hamilton College (New York) which is a liberal arts institution with strict communication requirements of all its graduates, irrespective of major. All programs have a minimum number of courses which are reading, writing, and/or public speaking intensive. This education gave me a sound foundation in spelling. Moreover, having been a Biology Major and having completed Medical School after College, my entire career has depended on attention to detail and accurate spelling since I deal with Greco-latin terminology in medicine such as 'Sternocleidomastoid fasciitis' as well as ever changing medication trade names such as 'Paclitaxel', and 'Trastuzumab'! A large part of medical training and practice involves writing reports, presentations and submitting papers for publication. This gives most practitioners very strong writing skills. I look forward to helping you develop your writing skills, starting with meticulous spelling which will serve you well for a very long time. And don't forget that one of the best ways to improve your spelling is to read... a whole lot! so when the moment comes for you to write a new word... the right spelling will "just look right" to you! Best of luck in your studies!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have rarely been one of those students who seem to sail through courses effortlessly. Therefore I have had to rely on solid study habits, discipline, and diligence to complete my Biology degree, my senior thesis (which was recognized by Sigma Xi, the science honor society), my subsequent medical degree, and gain my post-graduate qualification as a member of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (of England, Scotland and Ireland). Study skills are usually learned by much trial and error which can be awfully time-consuming, frustrating, and sometimes downright discouraging. I can can put my many years of learned study skills to good use - and to the test - by sharing my experience of taking on difficult and dense subjects and ensuring their successful mastery with the right skills. These essential skills include finding the best support from one's family, identifying the right time and space to study effectively, choosing and organizing one's materials, creating a realistic schedule which works with all other distractors, not against them. Moreover, we can review specific memorizing techniques, word associations, audio-visual techniques, test-taking skills, and mastering complicated concepts by breaking them down into manageable pieces. Studying is as much of an art as it is a science. And it is also a sport in that only practice can make perfect. Studying and self-education is a life-long endeavor in my field of medicine and I know I can help you to study better, more efficiently and more enjoyably! Best of luck!
Writing,

Writing

I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Hamilton College (New York) which is a liberal arts institution with strict communication requirements of all its graduates, irrespective of major. All programs have a minimum number of courses which are reading, writing, and/or public speaking intensive. This education gave me a sound foundation in language and vocabulary. Moreover, having been a Biology Major and having completed Medical School after College, my entire career has depended on attention to detail and precise terminology. Many have compared studying medicine to learning a new foreign language. Being fluent in both Spanish and English I can certainly attest to that point of view. And again, learning a language requires being precise and wise in choosing the best term to express an idea or feeling. A large part of medical training and practice involves writing reports, presentations and submitting papers for publication. This gives most practitioners very strong writing skills. I look forward to helping you develop your skills, starting with meticulous term selection built on a growing vocabulary which will serve you well for a very long time. And don't forget that one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is to read... a whole lot! So when the moment comes for you to try using a new word you will have seen it in its adequate context at least once before! Best of luck in your studies!
English, Reading

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Learning English as a second language is a unique endeavor for both children and adults which makes it unlike any other subject. This is because there are subtle, but very important cultural and every-day factors that must be considered when learning English *after* having arrived to the United States. I lived this extraordinary experience when I was 11 years old and we moved from Mexico to the U.S. I didn't know more than 3 or 4 sentences and didn't understand most of the English I heard or read. With the help of a dedicated ESL teacher and much hard work I was able to fully integrate myself academically and socially within 1 school year, join extra-curricular activities, take my SAT exams, attend a highly competitive college and continue onto a world-class medical school. I have even moved on to learning Italian and some French! But I have never forgotten the surreal feeling of living in a country without speaking the language: the challenges this presents and the emotions it elicits: excitement, uncertainty, confusion, disorientation, misunderstanding, homesickness. It is all part of the 'ESL/ESOL Experience.' This is why, over the past 27 years I have always taken the opportunity to get involved in integrating new arrivals and to teach English to anyone who might need it. I have studied languages, taken a college course in translation, and taught both English and Spanish to many students of all ages. I look forward to helping you integrate into your new English-speaking environment so that you too can establish your new home, thrive at school or work, contribute to your surroundings and enjoy the amazing experience of living in more than one culture.
Spanish

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker since I was born and raised in Mexico City. To this day I have continued to communicate with my immediate family and relatives exclusively in full Spanish and we pride ourselves in respectfully avoiding the blending of English and Spanish, which occurs so often and takes away from the integrity of both beautiful languages. As part of my College degree I hold a Minor in Latin American Studies, which involved several courses, all writing-intensive and all requiring extensive reading of Spanish-language literature. Among these courses was the" Art of Spanish Translation." I have traveled throughout Mexico and Spain, as well as to Puerto Rico, and Chile, which has exposed me to several of the many accents in the language. I am proud to observe, even if I am perhaps somewhat biased, that in my experience, Mexican Spanish is one of the clearest and most universally understood and easy-to-learn forms of the language since it denotes each and every letter and the sounds aren't as nuanced as in other countries. I look forward to sharing my love for my mother language with you and wish you all the very best in mastering it.

Most Popular

Biology,

Biology

I hold a bachelor's degree in Biology with emphasis in Vertebrates but also involved Microbiology, Ecology and several other core subjects. My Biology Senior Thesis was on comparative functional anatomy in man and primates which was honored by the Sigma Xi Science Honor Society. Part of my thesis included teaching and the creation of didactic materials for future students. Moreover, I hold a Medical Degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and have 9 years of clinical experience in medicine, surgery and many of its various sub-specialities. Finally, I continue to enjoy a life-long fascination with life in all of its forms and I am currently working on a multi-part documentary I am making of wildlife for my toddler daughters to one day watch and learn to appreciate the life around us.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Learning English as a second language is a unique endeavor for both children and adults which makes it unlike any other subject. This is because there are subtle, but very important cultural and every-day factors that must be considered when learning English *after* having arrived to the United States. I lived this extraordinary experience when I was 11 years old and we moved from Mexico to the U.S. I didn't know more than 3 or 4 sentences and didn't understand most of the English I heard or read. With the help of a dedicated ESL teacher and much hard work I was able to fully integrate myself academically and socially within 1 school year, join extra-curricular activities, take my SAT exams, attend a highly competitive college and continue onto a world-class medical school. I have even moved on to learning Italian and some French! But I have never forgotten the surreal feeling of living in a country without speaking the language: the challenges this presents and the emotions it elicits: excitement, uncertainty, confusion, disorientation, misunderstanding, homesickness. It is all part of the 'ESL/ESOL Experience.' This is why, over the past 27 years I have always taken the opportunity to get involved in integrating new arrivals and to teach English to anyone who might need it. I have studied languages, taken a college course in translation, and taught both English and Spanish to many students of all ages. I look forward to helping you integrate into your new English-speaking environment so that you too can establish your new home, thrive at school or work, contribute to your surroundings and enjoy the amazing experience of living in more than one culture.
Spanish,

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker since I was born and raised in Mexico City. To this day I have continued to communicate with my immediate family and relatives exclusively in full Spanish and we pride ourselves in respectfully avoiding the blending of English and Spanish, which occurs so often and takes away from the integrity of both beautiful languages. As part of my College degree I hold a Minor in Latin American Studies, which involved several courses, all writing-intensive and all requiring extensive reading of Spanish-language literature. Among these courses was the" Art of Spanish Translation." I have traveled throughout Mexico and Spain, as well as to Puerto Rico, and Chile, which has exposed me to several of the many accents in the language. I am proud to observe, even if I am perhaps somewhat biased, that in my experience, Mexican Spanish is one of the clearest and most universally understood and easy-to-learn forms of the language since it denotes each and every letter and the sounds aren't as nuanced as in other countries. I look forward to sharing my love for my mother language with you and wish you all the very best in mastering it.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have rarely been one of those students who seem to sail through courses effortlessly. Therefore I have had to rely on solid study habits, discipline, and diligence to complete my Biology degree, my senior thesis (which was recognized by Sigma Xi, the science honor society), my subsequent medical degree, and gain my post-graduate qualification as a member of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (of England, Scotland and Ireland). Study skills are usually learned by much trial and error which can be awfully time-consuming, frustrating, and sometimes downright discouraging. I can can put my many years of learned study skills to good use - and to the test - by sharing my experience of taking on difficult and dense subjects and ensuring their successful mastery with the right skills. These essential skills include finding the best support from one's family, identifying the right time and space to study effectively, choosing and organizing one's materials, creating a realistic schedule which works with all other distractors, not against them. Moreover, we can review specific memorizing techniques, word associations, audio-visual techniques, test-taking skills, and mastering complicated concepts by breaking them down into manageable pieces. Studying is as much of an art as it is a science. And it is also a sport in that only practice can make perfect. Studying and self-education is a life-long endeavor in my field of medicine and I know I can help you to study better, more efficiently and more enjoyably! Best of luck!
Writing,

Writing

I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Hamilton College (New York) which is a liberal arts institution with strict communication requirements of all its graduates, irrespective of major. All programs have a minimum number of courses which are reading, writing, and/or public speaking intensive. This education gave me a sound foundation in language and vocabulary. Moreover, having been a Biology Major and having completed Medical School after College, my entire career has depended on attention to detail and precise terminology. Many have compared studying medicine to learning a new foreign language. Being fluent in both Spanish and English I can certainly attest to that point of view. And again, learning a language requires being precise and wise in choosing the best term to express an idea or feeling. A large part of medical training and practice involves writing reports, presentations and submitting papers for publication. This gives most practitioners very strong writing skills. I look forward to helping you develop your skills, starting with meticulous term selection built on a growing vocabulary which will serve you well for a very long time. And don't forget that one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is to read... a whole lot! So when the moment comes for you to try using a new word you will have seen it in its adequate context at least once before! Best of luck in your studies!
English, Reading

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Learning English as a second language is a unique endeavor for both children and adults which makes it unlike any other subject. This is because there are subtle, but very important cultural and every-day factors that must be considered when learning English *after* having arrived to the United States. I lived this extraordinary experience when I was 11 years old and we moved from Mexico to the U.S. I didn't know more than 3 or 4 sentences and didn't understand most of the English I heard or read. With the help of a dedicated ESL teacher and much hard work I was able to fully integrate myself academically and socially within 1 school year, join extra-curricular activities, take my SAT exams, attend a highly competitive college and continue onto a world-class medical school. I have even moved on to learning Italian and some French! But I have never forgotten the surreal feeling of living in a country without speaking the language: the challenges this presents and the emotions it elicits: excitement, uncertainty, confusion, disorientation, misunderstanding, homesickness. It is all part of the 'ESL/ESOL Experience.' This is why, over the past 27 years I have always taken the opportunity to get involved in integrating new arrivals and to teach English to anyone who might need it. I have studied languages, taken a college course in translation, and taught both English and Spanish to many students of all ages. I look forward to helping you integrate into your new English-speaking environment so that you too can establish your new home, thrive at school or work, contribute to your surroundings and enjoy the amazing experience of living in more than one culture.
Geography,

Geography

One learns a subject best when it is relevant to one's life. Geography has always been an important part of my life ever since I browsed my first issue of National Geographic Magazine as a child. Ever since, I have been fortunate enough to have made good friends from all over the world while living in 4 countries in 2 continents while always keeping a passionate curiosity to learn about the people around me. I was born and raised in Mexico the first 11 years. I then lived in the United States for another 11 years, then in Ireland for 13, in England for 1, and in France for 6 months. I have traveled extensively to Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Chile, Argentina, Ireland, France, Italy, Greece, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, The Vatican, in addition to countless places in the United States. And I have always been interested in learning about other people's lives and environment, be it natural, cultural or political. And I have a passion for world food, which is also one great way to appreciate other nations and their culture! : ) So let's discover the world together!
Nursing,

Nursing

As a Medical Doctor with over 13 years of experience in a hospital environment I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented nurses in the world. They are an infinite repository of knowledge and experience and have always been happy to educate the newest and most clueless clinician in the team! I cannot measure how much I have learned from some nurses. In addition to having a very solid grounding in the basic and clinical sciences required in Nursing, I am also very familiar with many of the day-to-day duties Nurses, Medical Assistants, and EMT's are expected to fulfill in the work place. I look forward to helping you learn more about this most noble field.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have rarely been one of those students who seem to sail through courses effortlessly. Therefore I have had to rely on solid study habits, discipline, and diligence to complete my Biology degree, my senior thesis (which was recognized by Sigma Xi, the science honor society), my subsequent medical degree, and gain my post-graduate qualification as a member of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (of England, Scotland and Ireland). Study skills are usually learned by much trial and error which can be awfully time-consuming, frustrating, and sometimes downright discouraging. I can can put my many years of learned study skills to good use - and to the test - by sharing my experience of taking on difficult and dense subjects and ensuring their successful mastery with the right skills. These essential skills include finding the best support from one's family, identifying the right time and space to study effectively, choosing and organizing one's materials, creating a realistic schedule which works with all other distractors, not against them. Moreover, we can review specific memorizing techniques, word associations, audio-visual techniques, test-taking skills, and mastering complicated concepts by breaking them down into manageable pieces. Studying is as much of an art as it is a science. And it is also a sport in that only practice can make perfect. Studying and self-education is a life-long endeavor in my field of medicine and I know I can help you to study better, more efficiently and more enjoyably! Best of luck!

Science

Anatomy,

Anatomy

I have been studying anatomy in-depth for the past 25 years,starting with my Biology college career and my award-winning senior thesis in comparative anatomy. Then, I studied human anatomy in medical school and then again in much greater depth for my post-graduate surgical exams to qualify as a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Throughout my 9-year surgical career I performed well over 1,000 operations, developing a real-world, hands-on expertise of human anatomy, as well as a real joy for teaching nursing and medical students as well as surgical residents. Today I love teaching this amazing field in the clearest and most relatable way possible.
Biology,

Biology

I hold a bachelor's degree in Biology with emphasis in Vertebrates but also involved Microbiology, Ecology and several other core subjects. My Biology Senior Thesis was on comparative functional anatomy in man and primates which was honored by the Sigma Xi Science Honor Society. Part of my thesis included teaching and the creation of didactic materials for future students. Moreover, I hold a Medical Degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and have 9 years of clinical experience in medicine, surgery and many of its various sub-specialities. Finally, I continue to enjoy a life-long fascination with life in all of its forms and I am currently working on a multi-part documentary I am making of wildlife for my toddler daughters to one day watch and learn to appreciate the life around us.
Microbiology,

Microbiology

I have completed multiple courses on Microbiology as part of my Biology college degree (1995), Clinical Microbiology in Medical School (2000), as well as having studied it again for my surgical post-graduate qualification (Member of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons) which I successfully completed it in 2009. Since completing Medical School (2002) I have worked in a clinical setting administering antibiotics and attending regular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases conferences for 9 years.
Nursing,

Nursing

As a Medical Doctor with over 13 years of experience in a hospital environment I have had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented nurses in the world. They are an infinite repository of knowledge and experience and have always been happy to educate the newest and most clueless clinician in the team! I cannot measure how much I have learned from some nurses. In addition to having a very solid grounding in the basic and clinical sciences required in Nursing, I am also very familiar with many of the day-to-day duties Nurses, Medical Assistants, and EMT's are expected to fulfill in the work place. I look forward to helping you learn more about this most noble field.
Nutrition,

Nutrition

In addition to my Biology and medical degrees, I am a certified ACE Health Coach and a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach and I am a professional health coach. I have taught nutrition to college, nursing, and medical students as well as to surgical residents. My decade of clinical experience in hospital shas exposed me to the many consequences of poor or neglectful nutrition as well as to the body's ability to transform itself upon implementation of scientifically-sound and comprehensive interventions involving optimized nutrition. Nutrition is a dynamic field, therefore I have continued my education by completing training, including The Harvard Medical School Lifestyle Medicine curriculum (including Nutrition, Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity), The Yale University School of Medicine's Weight Management Counseling Program for Healthcare Providers, among many others.
Physiology

Physiology

I first studied Physiology during the advanced college courses of my Biology major, including Vertebrate Physiology, among others. My Senior Thesis was awarded a certificate of recognition by Sigma Xi, the Science Honor Society. In Medical School I studied Human Physiology intensively for the first 2 years and continued to deepen my understanding thereafter while applying it in the clinical setting. This was followed by 9 years as a surgical resident during which time I managed thousands of patients and performed well over 1,000 operations, all requiring expert understanding of human physiology. Most recently, in 2008 I successfully completed the post-graduate examinations required and became a Member of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (of England, Ireland and Scotland). These exams, once again, tested my expertise in mastering all the clinical sciences, including physiology.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have rarely been one of those students who seem to sail through courses effortlessly. Therefore I have had to rely on solid study habits, discipline, and diligence to complete my Biology degree, my senior thesis (which was recognized by Sigma Xi, the science honor society), my subsequent medical degree, and gain my post-graduate qualification as a member of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (of England, Scotland and Ireland). Study skills are usually learned by much trial and error which can be awfully time-consuming, frustrating, and sometimes downright discouraging. I can can put my many years of learned study skills to good use - and to the test - by sharing my experience of taking on difficult and dense subjects and ensuring their successful mastery with the right skills. These essential skills include finding the best support from one's family, identifying the right time and space to study effectively, choosing and organizing one's materials, creating a realistic schedule which works with all other distractors, not against them. Moreover, we can review specific memorizing techniques, word associations, audio-visual techniques, test-taking skills, and mastering complicated concepts by breaking them down into manageable pieces. Studying is as much of an art as it is a science. And it is also a sport in that only practice can make perfect. Studying and self-education is a life-long endeavor in my field of medicine and I know I can help you to study better, more efficiently and more enjoyably! Best of luck!

Sports/Recreation

Fitness,

Fitness

My medical degree involved mastery of human anatomy, biochemistry, exercise physiology as well as the practical science of identifying mechanisms of physical injury as well as understanding and implementing adequate preventative measures as well as treatment modalities. My 9 years of clinical experience has exposed me to the many consequences of an unfit lifestyle as well as to the body's ability to transform itself upon implementation of scientifically-sound interventions involving improved nutrition, life-style habits, structured exercise, stress-reduction techniques, psychological factors, smoking cessation, and a generally positive outlook on life. Over the past 18 months I have completed numerous Continuing Medical Education courses in Lifestyle Medicine (including Exercise Prescription, to name one) from Harvard University Medical School and Yale University.
Martial Arts,

Martial Arts

After having done some boxing as a preteen, I have spent the past 21 years involved in the practice and teaching of reality-based self-defense techniques, have organized self-defense workshops for college women, and have completed a 6-month course in practical Tae-kwon-do as well as an intensive Krav maga course. Moreover, I have continued to study and teach krav maga over the years to relatives and colleagues with a focus on practical and effective self-defense.
Nutrition

Nutrition

In addition to my Biology and medical degrees, I am a certified ACE Health Coach and a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach and I am a professional health coach. I have taught nutrition to college, nursing, and medical students as well as to surgical residents. My decade of clinical experience in hospital shas exposed me to the many consequences of poor or neglectful nutrition as well as to the body's ability to transform itself upon implementation of scientifically-sound and comprehensive interventions involving optimized nutrition. Nutrition is a dynamic field, therefore I have continued my education by completing training, including The Harvard Medical School Lifestyle Medicine curriculum (including Nutrition, Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity), The Yale University School of Medicine's Weight Management Counseling Program for Healthcare Providers, among many others.

Summer

Biology,

Biology

I hold a bachelor's degree in Biology with emphasis in Vertebrates but also involved Microbiology, Ecology and several other core subjects. My Biology Senior Thesis was on comparative functional anatomy in man and primates which was honored by the Sigma Xi Science Honor Society. Part of my thesis included teaching and the creation of didactic materials for future students. Moreover, I hold a Medical Degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and have 9 years of clinical experience in medicine, surgery and many of its various sub-specialities. Finally, I continue to enjoy a life-long fascination with life in all of its forms and I am currently working on a multi-part documentary I am making of wildlife for my toddler daughters to one day watch and learn to appreciate the life around us.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

Learning English as a second language is a unique endeavor for both children and adults which makes it unlike any other subject. This is because there are subtle, but very important cultural and every-day factors that must be considered when learning English *after* having arrived to the United States. I lived this extraordinary experience when I was 11 years old and we moved from Mexico to the U.S. I didn't know more than 3 or 4 sentences and didn't understand most of the English I heard or read. With the help of a dedicated ESL teacher and much hard work I was able to fully integrate myself academically and socially within 1 school year, join extra-curricular activities, take my SAT exams, attend a highly competitive college and continue onto a world-class medical school. I have even moved on to learning Italian and some French! But I have never forgotten the surreal feeling of living in a country without speaking the language: the challenges this presents and the emotions it elicits: excitement, uncertainty, confusion, disorientation, misunderstanding, homesickness. It is all part of the 'ESL/ESOL Experience.' This is why, over the past 27 years I have always taken the opportunity to get involved in integrating new arrivals and to teach English to anyone who might need it. I have studied languages, taken a college course in translation, and taught both English and Spanish to many students of all ages. I look forward to helping you integrate into your new English-speaking environment so that you too can establish your new home, thrive at school or work, contribute to your surroundings and enjoy the amazing experience of living in more than one culture.
Spanish,

Spanish

I am a native Spanish speaker since I was born and raised in Mexico City. To this day I have continued to communicate with my immediate family and relatives exclusively in full Spanish and we pride ourselves in respectfully avoiding the blending of English and Spanish, which occurs so often and takes away from the integrity of both beautiful languages. As part of my College degree I hold a Minor in Latin American Studies, which involved several courses, all writing-intensive and all requiring extensive reading of Spanish-language literature. Among these courses was the" Art of Spanish Translation." I have traveled throughout Mexico and Spain, as well as to Puerto Rico, and Chile, which has exposed me to several of the many accents in the language. I am proud to observe, even if I am perhaps somewhat biased, that in my experience, Mexican Spanish is one of the clearest and most universally understood and easy-to-learn forms of the language since it denotes each and every letter and the sounds aren't as nuanced as in other countries. I look forward to sharing my love for my mother language with you and wish you all the very best in mastering it.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have rarely been one of those students who seem to sail through courses effortlessly. Therefore I have had to rely on solid study habits, discipline, and diligence to complete my Biology degree, my senior thesis (which was recognized by Sigma Xi, the science honor society), my subsequent medical degree, and gain my post-graduate qualification as a member of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (of England, Scotland and Ireland). Study skills are usually learned by much trial and error which can be awfully time-consuming, frustrating, and sometimes downright discouraging. I can can put my many years of learned study skills to good use - and to the test - by sharing my experience of taking on difficult and dense subjects and ensuring their successful mastery with the right skills. These essential skills include finding the best support from one's family, identifying the right time and space to study effectively, choosing and organizing one's materials, creating a realistic schedule which works with all other distractors, not against them. Moreover, we can review specific memorizing techniques, word associations, audio-visual techniques, test-taking skills, and mastering complicated concepts by breaking them down into manageable pieces. Studying is as much of an art as it is a science. And it is also a sport in that only practice can make perfect. Studying and self-education is a life-long endeavor in my field of medicine and I know I can help you to study better, more efficiently and more enjoyably! Best of luck!
Writing,

Writing

I hold a Bachelor's Degree from Hamilton College (New York) which is a liberal arts institution with strict communication requirements of all its graduates, irrespective of major. All programs have a minimum number of courses which are reading, writing, and/or public speaking intensive. This education gave me a sound foundation in language and vocabulary. Moreover, having been a Biology Major and having completed Medical School after College, my entire career has depended on attention to detail and precise terminology. Many have compared studying medicine to learning a new foreign language. Being fluent in both Spanish and English I can certainly attest to that point of view. And again, learning a language requires being precise and wise in choosing the best term to express an idea or feeling. A large part of medical training and practice involves writing reports, presentations and submitting papers for publication. This gives most practitioners very strong writing skills. I look forward to helping you develop your skills, starting with meticulous term selection built on a growing vocabulary which will serve you well for a very long time. And don't forget that one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is to read... a whole lot! So when the moment comes for you to try using a new word you will have seen it in its adequate context at least once before! Best of luck in your studies!
Reading

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Excellent teacher!

Victor was great! He was very patient and helpful. He did a great job at simplifying tough concepts and making them more intuitive and easy to understand. I will definitely rely on Victor in the future. Thank you!

Tom, 2 lessons with Victor

Very Knowledgeable and very detailed

He is very knowledgeable on the Anatomy and physiology subject, He helped me understand everything in great detail. I enjoyed the session, I learned alot from just our 90 minute session. He was very kind and patient and I would recommend him as a tutor, anyone who is in need of understanding anatomy and physiology he is the guy to help you understand it bit by bit.

Cynthia, 2 lessons with Victor
Tutor responded:

Dear Cynthia, thank you very much for your words. It was a real pleasure working with someone who smiles so broadly when she "gets it" and understands a new concept in Anatomy and Physiology!

Exercise physiology

This is my son first time with doctor victor and he can’t stop talking about him as he is very detailed and come up with questions right away.. He is the best he says

Abre, 2 lessons with Victor
Tutor responded:

Thank you very much for your kind review, Abre. I love teaching students who appreciate the amazing complexity of nature and set out to understand it. This is particularly so when it comes to human anatomy and physiology. I'm looking forward to our next session!

Knowledgeable, personable, enthusiastic

I love Victor. I have a plan and know what will make me improve. He is also putting notes, guidance, and correspondence, with my goals and interests in mind, in a Google Doc that we now share. Great investment!

Heath, 1 lesson with Victor

Very Knowledgeable!

Victor is being tutoring me on Nutrition for my final exam, he has been very detail oriented and I have been able to understand better and apply concepts better. He is very patient and very thorough. I am going to keep receiving tutoring from Victor, he is ab excellent tutor!

Nomaris, 12 lessons with Victor
Tutor responded:

Thank you very much Nomaris! The sessions we have had so far have always been very rewarding due to your sincere desire to become a great professional and your ability to assimilate new information. I appreciate that we are covering a lot of information at a fair pace so I appreciate your effort and I think they are already paying off! Keep up the great work. I look forward to helping you achieve your noble dream!

Phenomenal anatomy tutor

Victor is a very intelligent and experienced educator with a vast array of knowledge. Under his tutelage, I was able to grasp many anatomical concepts in an easy to understand fashion.

Michael, 3 lessons with Victor
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Michael, for such a generous and unsolicited review. It is a real pleasure to work with not only sharp and prepared but dedicated and pleasant students such as you. You can probably tell that I love anatomy and the impact that knowing it well can have on the lives of our patients. However, my love of *teaching* it is working with great people who are intellectually curious and bound to impacting the lives of many people in the future. Keep up the great work! : )

Knows A&P and knows how to teach it

Victor clearly knows his stuff and has a great way of helping someone learn. He asked the right questions to help me come to the answer when I could--he quickly answered the questions and provided great explanation when I couldn't.

Daniel, 9 lessons with Victor
Tutor responded:

Daniel, it was a real pleasure meeting and working with you. Thank you so much for submitting this kind and unsolicited testimonial. I'm looking forward to our upcoming session. All the best.

1st of many!

For the most part I didn’t know how overwhelmed I was making myself. Victor put things into perspective for me in such a way that he reset my thought process. He was very helpful, thoughtful and informed. Excellent time and experience and a great start to a day!

Philip, 1 lesson with Victor
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much for that great and unsolicited review, Philip! I find it not just rewarding but inspiring to work with people such as yourself who are working hard to gained the knowledge, skills and qualifications to help other people lead happier and healthier lives. Thanks for your kind words.

Biology (College)

The most important aspect of teaching is conforming to how the student learns. Victor has definitely listened to my expression(s) on how I learn as well as how I would like to go over the material in order to conceptualize it. He has reflected being able to adapt to my learning style within our tutorial sessions. This to me is inexpressible beyond words as to how grateful I am. Success is my number 1 priority and Victor is assisting me in attaining this goal one lesson at a time. Thank you Victor!!

Racquel, 12 lessons with Victor
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