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Natalia
Columbia University and Columbia University

Education: Columbia University, Economics and Pre-Medical Sciences, Class of 2011; Columbia University Medical School, Class of 2018

Years of Tutoring Experience: 9

Subject(s) you tutor: Math, Science, Spanish, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Immunology, Pathology, Physics, Organic Chemistry, SAT, ACT, MCAT

Short Bio :

I have been tutoring since I was in high school and continued through college and now medical school. I love the opportunity to get to know my students and what study strategies work best for them. I believe in a supportive and motivating environment for my students so that they feel comfortable asking any questions at all. I also believe that this creates self-motivation, so that they feel excited to learn and tackle the hard topics. I believe that repetition is what helps students the most, and I try to incorporate repetitive problem solving throughout sessions once concepts have been grasped. That way, the student gets into a rhythm and can tackle any more challenging questions by using what they already know. My number one goal is for my students to achieve their goals and their best, and to help them in any way I can.

Science, Math, and Spanish are extremely tough subjects. I have had students in the past that really struggle to get above Bs or Cs in their Chemistry class, Algebra class, or Introduction to Spanish class. I have helped these students raise their grades to an A firstly by “going back to basics” and helping them form a foundation of the core concepts, and then building and enhancing their study strategies from there. One student I had raised her General Chemistry grade from a C+ to an A within one semester!
I feel so much pride and joy when my students achieve their goals. This is my main goal and what motivates me to tutor. I always tell my student that we are team and we can tackle anything together by working hard.

I am currently a fourth year medical student at Columbia. I will be applying into residency this fall, and graduating next year to officially become a doctor. I would like to work in an academic center such as Columbia and spending half of my time with patients and half of my times as a professor for the medical students.

I love to run outside on Riverside, hang out with my friends from college that still live in the city, visit my family in Maryland, and read mystery novels.

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