In the past year with Keystone, I have tutored over 400 hours by working with students every week on subjects ranging from Maths, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. Additionally, I help supervise undergraduate students at the University of Cambridge in various Biophysics topics.
Over the past three years, I have been an Adjunct Professor at Covenant University in Nigeria (one of the top five universities in Africa). There, I taught classes for 300 undergraduate students in Organic Chemistry. I prepared questions for their final examination from the lectures I taught, and I have been invited to return every year.
I have volunteered my time at the Cambridge Science Festival to present scientific lectures to the public on various important research topics. During the Chemistry Open Day, I demonstrate basic concepts in Chemistry to over 1,500 visitors, mainly younger children, through fun and hands-on experiments such as liquid nitrogen ice cream.
After receiving the internationally competitive Gates Cambridge Scholarship [<1% acceptance] four years ago, I started my PhD in Chemistry to conduct biophysics research at the University of Cambridge. Additionally, I was selected for the Cambridge International Scholarship presented to the 250 highest ranked applicants. My research focuses on epidemiological data in repurposing pharmaceutical drugs for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. As a Whitaker Fellow, I received an MPhil in 2018 under the same world-class supervision from Professor Sir Chris Dobson (late Master of St John's College).
I arrived from the United States after graduating with Honours and Summa Cum Laude (First Class Honours) from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering degree. The faculty selected me for the Society of Professional Engineering Outstanding Senior Award for receiving the highest marks in nearly every course. With outstanding ACT and SAT scores, I received merit scholarships as a GE Aviation, Polston Family, Sims, and Tau Beta Pi Scholar.
As a summer researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, I guided the implementation of a field portable gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer for detecting volatile organic compounds. Much of this work relied on fully understanding the chemical theory behind the instrument as we issued new guidelines for occupational chemical exposure limits.
After receiving the national Barry Goldwater Scholarship in 2016, I took on the role of fellowship peer mentor within the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs to assist students on their applications for numerous national and international programs. I continue as an alumnus to consult with potential scholars and fellows.
Understanding scientific concepts require a unique approach in teaching the subject material. I have developed strategies that cater to the GCSE and A-level syllabi while adapting my tutoring directly to the student preparing for their tests. From in-depth discussions with leading scientists and professors, I use various techniques popularised by Nobel Laureate lectures that include: relating topics to real-world examples, providing brief history lessons, and formulating mnemonic devices for memorisation. At the same time, my passion for science helps students find excitement in these topics.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I have complete flexibility around my PhD work schedule that will allow me to conduct online tutoring at the most favourable times for the students (i.e., available at all times on each day). When I'm not preparing experiments in the lab, I am writing academic papers on my research to publish.
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