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Personal Description:

Currently, I am finishing my Bachelor of Education to become a fully-certified teacher in Ontario. Having conducted research in the neuroscience of learning and memory, I leverage my expertise to help my students become aware of how to better their own learning practices so they can become independent.

HBSc, Neuroscience; University of Toronto, St. George Campus
• PSY492: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
• PSY493: Cognitive Neuroscience
• PSY210: Developmental Psychology
• HMB300: Neurobiology of Behaviour
• HMB306: Ethics in Emerging Technology
• FSL272: French Grammar
• JLP315: Language Acquisition

Dean's List Scholar (x4)
Regents In-Course Scholarship (x3)
Milne Research Award
President's Entrance Scholarship
Paul Park Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Scholarship
Awards for Academic and Community Achievement (x2)

Tutoring Experience:

SUMMARY of experience:
• 2 years tutoring students
• Expertise in Ontario science and math curricula
• Specializes in students aged 11–18
• Experience using videoconference and virtual whiteboard software to teach science and math
• Experience teaching science and math to English- and French-language learners

TEACHER CANDIDATE, Queen's University (B.Ed. Candidate)
4 months in-classroom, 2019–2020
• To be certified in Grades 7–12 Biology, Math
• Specialist in Assessment & Evaluation
• Used student inquiry-centred instruction to teach diverse biology and mathematics units (Grades 10–12).
• Lead extra help sessions for Grade 9–12 students.

ONLINE MATH INSTRUCTOR
Beijing, China, 2018
• Used videoconference software to teach Ontario math curriculum to Grade 11 English-language learners in China
• Designed original lessons using virtual whiteboard and slideshow

TUTOR-MENTOR
2017 - 2018; French, biology, mathematics (40 hours total)
• Taught and mentored students aged 10-18 from diverse cultures and economic backgrounds, smoothly adapting sessions to individuals.
• Fostered diverse, adaptive literacy, including that of second languages and sciences.
• Focused on metacognition and building of life skills, empowering students to become aware of and take action on their own learning needs.

EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL PROGRAMMER
07/2015, 2017 Explore French Immersion, QC (800 hours total)
• Created and delivered original lessons on university-level biology and anatomy to second-language learners.
• Conceived and realized innovative gala and performance for 150 students, managing 10 colleagues underhigh-stress conditions.
• Prepared during free time while working 80-hour weeks, maintaining a positive, encouraging demeanour.
• Mentored emotionally vulnerable students from across Canada, using attention to detail and initiative to cross language barriers, and approach students in need.
•Responded to emergencies with speed, tact, and cooperation.
• Students described lessons as exciting and “surprisingly fun.”

Tutoring Approach:

I approach my students with an individualized mentorship approach, coupled with patience, genuine care, and empathy. I believe that a significant part of grasping a difficult subject is developing the self-confidence to get creative and approach problems in new ways, in part by securing a fundamental understanding of specific concepts. My ultimate goal is to teach my students to teach themselves - as much as I enjoy working with them, I'll have done my job if I've put myself out of work.

My students see increases in their scientific inquiry skills and in their self-awareness, which empower them to approach any subject with confidence and rigour. Having conducted research on the neuroscience of learning and memory in my previous degree, I bring cutting-edge, effective techniques to my teaching.

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Native Language: English (American)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: No (✘ Not On File)

Qualifications:

  • Queen's University (2020) - Bachelor of Education (In Progress) (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
  • University of Toronto (2019) - Honours Bachelor of Science (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

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