I graduated, academically, as the top male in the top 5% of my high school class then earned a BS in Biology and BA in International Relations with a concentration in Latin American Studies from Bucknell University in 2011. I will receive my Doctorate of Medicine in June 2017 and go on to practice Obstetrics and Gynecology, enjoying the mix between surgery and building a lifelong rapport with my patients.
My Gross Human Anatomy professor once said, "Memorizing stinks, understanding is awesome". While some things do need to be memorized, understanding a subject allows you to figure things out when you later forget parts of it, further, it lets you see the utility of the subject and its caveats, in a profound manner, that lets you relate it to real life. Heck, why know something if you don't know how to use the information? I emphasize the context and concepts of material so that the tiny tested details make sense and flow naturally.
"See one. Do one. Teach one."
Learning should be an interactive process. In surgery, the above phrase is a technique used to help new doctors master a procedure and It works great while practicing a tough new concept like mitosis or sarcomere contraction.
A. See one: You've already been sitting in lectures for 6 hours a day, you don't need to come home and listen to somebody else do it. You've hit your classes, you've hit your notes, you've seen the subject.
B. Do one: My students benefit from proactively demonstrating what they already know while I fill in the gaps asking questions that guide them to conceptualize the next step in the material. This does two things, it makes the encounter more engaging and memorable while also simulating questions that show up on assignments and exams. Cool, you just did one dry run of the subject.
C. Teach one: I make sure my students are comfortable and familiar enough with the material that they can teach it back to me, someone who's never seen it before, and their professors in simple language and with the pertinent technical terms they'll need to know on test day.
I've had great teachers, I've had bad teachers, I know what approaches work and what approaches can be swept under the carpet. I hope to inspire a passion for the sciences with a combination of active learning techniques and helpful review material for after we're done.
Learn two things with me: the material you need to get the grades you want and how to get excited about the subject while you're doing it.
BS Biology & BA International Relations
University of West Alabama
Doctor of Medicine