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I am a recent MASc from the University of Toronto's Biomedical Engineering program. I have a broad range of experiences and skills developed through interdisciplinary approaches to education, experience with non-profit organisations and diverse work experiences. I am passionate about the dissemination of knowledge and knowledge mediums, especially in the realms of engineering, health and social justice. My academic interests include neuroscience, rehabilitation science, biomedical engineering, public health and community outreach, and writing studies. My social interests include social justice, non-profit work, STEM outreach, youth mentorship, public speaking and competitive debate.
// Work Experience //
Math and Science Tutor at Cassels Tutoring Group (2018-2019)
- Taught in Toronto (ON) totalling 8-10 hours/week, with a clientele of 5-10 students
- Experience teaching math, science and writing to students from grade 8-12
- Subject specialties include biology, physics, mathematics and computer science
Writing Tutor at University of Alberta Center for Writers (2016-2017)
- Certified through the completion of the course WRS 301: Introduction to Writing Center Practice
- Taught in Edmonton (AB), totalling 4-8 hours/week, with a clientele consisting of undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines (drop-in)
- Experience teaching literary analysis, essay planning, academic writing and technical writing
- Created and taught writing workshops for undergraduate classes
Teaching Assistant at University of Alberta Center for Writers (2017)
- Taught a summer course in Edmonton (AB), totalling 12 hours, to a group of pre-university international students
- Helped create lesson plans and teach classes on academic writing and communication
// Volunteer Experience //
Discovery Program Mentor (2017)
- Served as a mentor for high school students as part of the University of Toronto’s IBBME outreach program
- Guided students in designing experiments, conducting data analysis and creating a research communication poster
Science Expo Alberta Mentor (2016-2017)
- Served as a mentor for a high school student as part of Science Expo Alberta’s mentorship program
- Provided guidance on university applications, competitive debate/public speaking, science projects and other academic challenges
Workshop Presenter/Instructor for TeamUP Science (2015-2016)
- Led three workshop sessions for high school and undergraduate students in the fields of medical skills and computer programming, at the University of Alberta campus
I believe learning any subject can be likened to the iterative design process. We start with identifying a problem, consider our constraints and existing knowledge, test out a possible solution, evaluate the outcomes, and use this evaluation to refine our approach to the problem. This framework allows learners to have greater ownership in their education and use their previous learned experiences to guide them.
In teaching math and science, I find the problem-based approach a lot more effective than going through lectures or slideshows. In identifying a challenging program. I can go through all the concepts and approaches needed to solve a problem and instill tools for future problem-solving.
In teaching writing, I make sure that I guide learners through important aspects of the writing process as opposed to simply addressing the content/ideas. Learning how to build an argument or organize concepts, in relations to the format and purpose, can be applied to any type writing.
I am comfortable working with different sources for content, including textbooks, evidence-based knowledge on the web, class notes that learners may have and my own database of notes taken during schooling.
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References Available: No (✘ Not On File)
- University of Toronto (2019) - MASc Biomedical Engineering (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Alberta (2017) - BSc Honors Neuroscience (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)