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I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, and attended Soquel High School. I went on to attend Santa Clara University, where I received my bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. As a freshman in college, I received tutoring during my first year of general chemistry. It was then that I developed a great appreciation for the one-on-one tutoring model. My tutoring sessions were a dedicated time to ask questions, tackle gaps in my content knowledge, and develop stronger study skills. I went from viewing tutoring as something only struggling students did, to realizing that seeking support and asking questions is an integral part of becoming a top student. Seeing the benefits of tutoring in my own academic career motivated me to want to become a tutor and work closely with students.
I always loved science as a middle and high school student. I entered college as an undeclared major, but once I took organic chemistry, I knew chemistry was for me. I love the logical problem-solving that is involved in chemistry and, most of all, I love working in the laboratory. I think many students are intimidated by the subject because it is the first math- and logic-heavy science they are introduced too. I aim to show students that chemistry can be fun and that it is foundational knowledge for further study in the physical and life sciences.
Before coming to AJ, I was a small group and one-on-one tutor for over six years. I worked for the Santa Clara University Drahmann Center as a general and organic chemistry tutor, and I also served as a laboratory teaching assistant in these subjects. Working with college students deepened and stretched my own content knowledge in chemistry and helped me to refine my teaching style. I loved the feeling of helping others understand the material and improve their grades. After leaving SCU, I worked as a tutor for students in the Santa Cruz County area in chemistry, biology and math.
At AJ, I take a student-centered approach to learning. I try to incorporate a student’s interests and strengths into developing a plan to address weaknesses and achieve goals. I help students not only build content knowledge, but also develop life and study skills so that they can be successful throughout their academic careers. I have worked with a wide range of students throughout my tutoring career, from students struggling with basics to motivated students striving for excellence. Overall, I am a firm believer that practice and hard work are the keys to success. Any student can succeed with the right attitude and support.
When not tutoring, I am an avid tennis player, and I play tournaments and on USTA league teams. I spend many winter weekends skiing in Tahoe, and I am also SCUBA certified and enjoy diving in Monterey and traveling to other destinations around the world.