Q. How do you like to spend your free time? Or what do you wish you had more time to do?
A. In my free time, I enjoy challenging my mind and body. I am a lover of puzzles, be it a complex Sudoku or a tricky crossword, and enjoy immersing myself in thought-provoking books, particularly those related to advancements in medical science. I’m also a culinary enthusiast and love experimenting with new, healthy recipes. If I had more time, I would love to delve deeper into different world cuisines and their history, perhaps even pen a cookbook merging food with scientific insights!
Q. Briefly describe your education and years of experience that qualify you to tutor your subject.
A. I hold a B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, and a Minor in Biomedical Research from UCLA. I graduated with multiple honors, including Summa Cum Laude and UCLA College Honors. Presently, I’m a medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College. I have been a tutor since 2015, working with multiple organizations including UCLA BruinCorps, and I’ve been tutoring at Clayborne Education since 2022, where I’ve utilized my extensive knowledge in math and science to aid high school students in test prep. This blend of my advanced academic background and years of tutoring experience uniquely equips me to teach complex concepts with simplicity and clarity.
Q. Why do you want to be a tutor/what do you enjoy most about working with students?
A. Tutoring allows me to give back to the community and ignite a passion for learning in others, which I find incredibly rewarding. I thoroughly enjoy the moments when a concept “clicks” for a student, and they understand something that previously seemed challenging. Their smiles and excitement bring a sense of fulfillment that is unmatched. I’m passionate about empowering students to overcome academic hurdles, fostering their self-confidence, and shaping resilient, lifelong learners.
Q. Describe a formative educational experience OR who was your favorite teacher and why.
A. One of my most formative educational experiences was working in the Retinal Imaging Lab at Harvard, where we studied AI algorithms to improve the identification of retinal changes in patients. This experience highlighted the fusion of technology and medicine, pushing me to constantly learn and adapt. It taught me the importance of innovation, critical thinking, and perseverance – skills I find invaluable as an educator.
Q. What is the next Professional Development training/course you would like to do/take?
A. I look forward to undertaking a course on neurology and its applications in learning and development. It would enable me to better understand the cognitive processes involved in learning and, consequently, fine-tune my teaching approaches to best support my students.
Q. What is on your career “bucket list?”
A. My career “bucket list” includes authoring a book that intertwines medical science and education. I aspire to bridge the gap between complex scientific concepts and young learners, making advanced knowledge more accessible and engaging.
Q. What truly inspires you?
A. I’m deeply inspired by the potential of the human mind, and how education can unlock this potential. The transformation of a struggling student into a confident learner, eager to explore and understand the world around them, is truly motivating.
Q. What’s one unusual thing about you that not many people know? This can be a skill, an experience – anything really.
A. A fun fact about me that not many people know is that I’ve been learning magic tricks as part of my work with MagicAid. This unique skill not only brings smiles to pediatric patients but also occasionally adds a dash of excitement to my tutoring sessions, making learning a truly magical experience!