Tutor profile: Alexandra S.
Subject: Public Health
Which areas of public health do you provide tutoring for, and what qualifies you to provide tutoring in these areas?
Brown & Columbia's public health programs provide intensive exposure to students in areas such as epidemiology, global health, quantitative & qualitative research methods, public policy, public health program & intervention design, health systems, and economics. In particular, I have worked as a Lead Teaching Assistant at Columbia to develop assignments and projects with faculty related to health promotion theory, program planning, program evaluation, and systems thinking. I have used these skills in research fellowships and assistantships to analyze data, provide healthcare consulting services, and assess the economic feasibility of public health interventions. I have also co-taught a course related to effective public health leadership strategies. I also have a certificate in health policy and practice; as a result, I am able to provide tutoring in topics such as policy analysis & systems, public health law, health economics, mental health policy, and reproductive health policies & programs.
What advice do you have for students who are preparing to take the GRE?
Preparing for the GRE requires students to set aside a tremendous amount of time to study. Students should always take a diagnostic or practice exam to assess their strengths and areas of improvement. Focus on the most challenging areas first, practice questions related to those areas, and seek clarification on concepts that you still do not understand. I also tell students that they should never approach the GRE Issue and Argument essays in the same way! At first glance, the essays look similar, but they require you to use different sets of logic and reasoning to write responses effectively. Students who receive GRE tutoring from me receive in-depth guidance in navigating both essays.
Why do you focus on applied statistics in particular, and how do you teach the subject to students?
Applied statistics focuses on the use of statistical methods in various research, professional, and real-world settings to analyze data and solve problems. My academic & professional experiences in public health has revealed that the most pressing health challenges that the world faces rely on the use of statistics to create meaningful solutions. I primarily use applied statistics in health-related fields such as social psychology, health policy, community health programs, social sciences research, and evaluation of health programs. When I teach applied statistical concepts to students, I encourage students to apply statistical concepts to topics that they are interested in! I have taught students to apply statistics to topics such as the differences between the popularity of songs released by Beyoncé, to assessing the effectiveness of prescription drugs, to determining which types of TV commercials are most accepted among viewers. I also do not believe in a "one-size-fits-all" method of teaching statistics; rather, I ask students what they find challenging in their coursework, explain challenging material in new ways, and provide exercises and assessments to test a student's newfound understanding of the material. Statistics doesn't have to be a scary subjects; I prefer to communicate concepts to students in an accessible, clear, and empowering way.
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