My passion for teaching was founded by my own experience as a student. Throughout my academic career, the challenges I encountered refined my own approach to understanding subjects, and the ensuing success after overcoming such obstacles brought me further love for learning and those subjects. I want to transmit that feeling of accomplishment to students as they master their own subjects, and hopefully foster a passion for further learning and success in any of their other endeavors. As a to... [more]
I currently work as an undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Biology at my university, creating lesson plans, leading students through comprehensive workshops to develop and teach conceptual understanding and problem solving, and preparing them for examinations. I am a Neuroscience major with experience in biochemistry and genetics as well.
As a rising senior and dual neuroscience and public health major in college, I have a great deal of experience with writing, from both a scientific perspective and a humanities one. As a result, I understand the nuances and difficulties that arise in the writing process, specifically for students, and how to go about addressing them. I have used this understanding to tutor students in the SAT and ACT writing sections as well, allowing students to better understand writing and structure in the context of a multiple choice test.
I have experience in statistics from programming (R statistical analysis) and being an assistant teacher in biostatistics for the University of Rochester biology department. Additionally, in high school, I took Statistics AP and scored highly on the AP exam.
I have a deep love for English that has been further bolstered by my experience as a peer editor in both high school and college, in addition to the numerous academic and prose based works of writing I have composed. My methods in teaching English revolve around providing suitable examples from which proper practice and thereby understanding can be achieved.
As a neuroscience major, I've always found myself eager to learn the humanistic underpinnings of the biological pathways that I study. Thus, I enjoy learning and tutoring psychology, as it provides the behavioral or psychosocial impacts that biological activity in the brain creates. I have taken and scored highly on the Psychology AP exam, and have taken and aced several university courses on Abnormal Psychology, Cognition, Neural Foundations of Behavior, etc., giving me a wide range of subject matter to draw upon when tutoring.
I have personally experienced great success in academic literature evaluations like the English Literature AP exam where I scored a 5. Additionally, having taken numerous literature classes in high school and college with diverse themes, I understand how to relate and synthesize information for students to best grasp and learn literary analysis and similar concepts.
I'm experienced in tutoring students in the reading section of the SAT. I consider reading comprehension and passage analysis a forte of sorts and transfer that understanding to the student. I use techniques such as seeing through author and questioner intent, all of which helped me to score an 800/800 on this section when I took the exam. These same techniques are as useful and effective for the new SAT and will improve consistency and performance on the SAT.
I have experience tutoring high school students in ACT English both in person and online. Having scored a 36 on this section myself, I use my tried and tested experience to help students understand and approach the section better, in turn boosting their score.
I have been tutoring the SAT and ACT standardized tests for several years now, which has lent great understanding to the workings of these exams, as well as how to study and take such tests. This experience extended to the HSPT which I myself took and passed, scoring in the highest percentile. Having tutored the individual sections present on the test, such as verbal skills, math, reading comprehension, and language skills, I am now teaching them all at once as a streamlined process to prepare for the HSPT.