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Northern Arizona University (Biomedical Science)
Bastyr University - Naturopathic Doctor (Other)
After graduating magna cum laude from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Biomedical Science and minors in Studio Art and Chemistry, I moved to the Pacific Northwest after being accepted into Bastyr University. I successfully completed 1 year in the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) program at Bastyr in September 2016. Sandwiched in between these two academic experiences, I traveled extensively through Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia and Europe and also have explored the PNW as an avid outdoor enthusiast. I also worked for TGen in Flagstaff, AZ, a genetics research laboratory, where my work was published in journals such as mBio and the Journal for Clinical Microbiology. While at NAU, I tutored undergraduate students in Biology and Organic Chemistry. While at Bastyr, I founded the Native Plants Club where I organized weekly meetings and gave educational seminars on the medicinal plant of the week. I loved the feeling of standing up in front of a group and conveying information that I had acquired from my studies and personal outdoor research. The life experiences I have acquired while going to school, working in a research laboratory, tutoring and being exposed to a wide variety of people and cultures have helped me to better understand who I am and what motivates and drives me. I have discovered that my true passion is in teaching and helping others understand topics related to human biology (anatomy, physiology, embryology, histology, biochemistry). Therefore, I have decided to pursue my interest in teaching with an eventual goal of obtaining my PhD and teaching in a University setting.
I have not always been strictly involved in a scientific setting. I began my undergraduate career as a studio art major. After completing a required course, Anatomy for the Artists, my curiosity to learn more about the inner workings of the human body spurred me on to change my focus to biomedical science. My switch from the art world to the science world, while inspiring, was not easy at first. Through my own struggles adjusting to a scientific setting, I have acquired good study techniques that I can pass onto other students. As my academic career in the sciences progressed, I found myself leading study sessions, thriving in the teaching role. I found relaying my own knowledge to others was so rewarding I decided to take a position tutoring other undergraduate students. I was so successful as a tutor that I was nominated by my supervisor for Student Employee of the Year. Tutoring fulfills my altruistic goals, helping others to achieve academic success, while allowing me to use my scientific brain. There is nothing more rewarding to me than the feeling that I have helped to make a difference in someone’s life.
The subjects I love to tutor most are general biology, human biology (anatomy and physiology, embryology, histology and gross anatomy), and botany. I also have experience tutoring Organic Chemistry as well as recent exposure to Biochemistry. I like to think of my teaching philosophy as a holistic approach to learning, understanding that each person has a unique way of understanding concepts and committing them to memory. Therefore, the learning strategies I implement may differ on a case by case basis. For example, with one student I may have them draw out a diagram but with another student I may have them verbally explain to me that same concept. I believe in meeting students where they are at with an end goal of helping them reach their potential, gain confidence, and become proficient in the subject matter. I stress the effective use of tools that will help the student be successful in their studies. These tools include successful time management through effective planning, refining organizational skills such as helping the student arrange their notes in a cohesive manner, tips on test taking, pattern recognition and building on concepts that the student already understands. Regardless of the methods used, my aim is to help students make connections, boosting their confidence and getting them excited about science.
Not only have I tutored these subjects before but I also have rich exposure to these subject materials both academically and in the work force. From working in a research laboratory to spending many hours in the clinical setting my understanding of biology, anatomy and physiology goes beyond the text book. I hope to bring these experiences into a tutoring session to further help my students understand and appreciate science.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and I look forward to working with you! After graduating magna cum laude from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Biomedical Science and minors in Studio Art and Chemistry, I moved to the Pacific Northwest
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I have a substantial amount of experience already tutoring this subject material. In addition, I bring my real world experience of these concepts from a clinical setting as well as a laboratory setting to aid in the learning process. I feel that providing examples of how these systems work and why it is important to know how they work, will ultimately help in my student’s academic success.
I have experience with scientific writing from the various lab research I completed in college to my most recent employment at a genetics laboratory. My work was even published in two scientific journals, mBio and and the Journal for Clinical Microbiology. So this type of work is right up my alley!
Not only did I complete my capstone in physiology, I also have a substantial amount of experience already tutoring this subject material. In addition, I bring my real world experience of these concepts from a clinical setting as well as a laboratory setting to aid in the learning process. I feel that providing examples of how these systems work and why it is important to know how they work, will ultimately help in my student’s academic success.