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I am a recent MSc Neuroscience graduate from McGill University. I use MRI to study myelin plasticity in the brain! I am an aspiring professor, and find any opportunity I can to share my knowledge. I have been tutoring and teaching in many capacities since 2012 - both one-on-one, and to groups of up to 150 students. I am naturally patient, have strong attention to detail, and am able to approach problems from many angles. I am a Renaissance woman at heart - although I'm an expert in Science, Math, and Psychology, I'm also educated in English, Literature, and Philosophy. I am an adept instructor with a strong grasp of many subjects. I am simultaneously gentle and caring, firm and persistent, a disposition that makes me an effective tutor for many types of students. I have experience working with children and youth with special needs, and would be more than happy to discuss any support you may need.

Tutoring Experience:

As the eldest of three girls, I have been teaching something to someone for my entire life. My sisters were my first students. They taught me how to work with learners facing individual challenges, and how to be sensitive to the type of support people need. These are skills that I have honed over the years.
- In high school, I held tutoring groups for elementary school students in Math and French. I worked as a swimming instructor for 6 years, which while not academic, served to make me an effective teacher and communicator.
- During my undergraduate degree, I worked with the centre for disabilities at my university to provide detailed class notes and reviews for students who were unable to attend class. I worked with the Society for Neuroscience to develop and deliver lectures on Neuroscience for students in elementary and high schools around Ottawa. I also travelled to Northern Ontario to conduct research and assist elementary school teachers in a primarily Indigenous community. During this time, I provided one-on-one tutoring to many of my peers.
- Throughout my master's degree, I attended numerous workshops on teaching, writing evaluations, academic writing, and science communication. I had the opportunity to teach a year-long course in Neuroscience to a Gr. 8 class in Montreal. I also gave a series of lectures in rural school around Quebec. Through Brain Reach, I developed culturally-sensitive teaching materials and videos for use in Indigenous classrooms around the country. I designed and delivered a 2-week neuroscience crash-course for the McGill Summer Academy, a "camp" for high-achieving Grade 11 students from around the world.

Tutoring Approach:

My secret to success? Get to know yourself! What techniques work to keep you calm? When do you study best? What challenges do you face while learning? How do you stay motivated and positive when you're facing something tough? What are your signals that it's time to ask for help?

I have become a successful academic by developing the learning toolkit that I need to be my best, and by recognizing that I am always a work in progress. Along with reviewing course content, working through assignments, and preparing for tests and exams, I am committed to helping you discover (and stick to!) your own learning tools so you can build a successful future.

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

Qualifications:

  • McGill University (2020) - MSc Neuroscience (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
  • Carleton University (2017) - BScH Neuroscience & Mental Health (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

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