Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our Extraordinary Team : Thomas (Tommy) Mednick

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biochemistry, UC Davis, to be completed in 2015

As a biochemistry major and pre-med student, Tommy specializes in tutoring math and science, but he believes that it is important to be a well-rounded student. While algebra and geometry often aren’t favorite subjects, he thinks that enthusiasm and energy can make them enjoyable. If learning is fun, students will never want to stop!

Tommy likes to think that work ethic and time management are the most important tools to becoming proficient in any subject. Whether a student is struggling in math, chemistry, or writing, putting in the extra time is the first step to improvement. This means occasionally spending those few free hours in the day studying instead of with friends. It is also important to make the most out of that time by studying smart, which means avoiding distractions and making the best use of resources. Tommy believes that private tutoring is a great way for a student to most effectively utilize their study time, and ultimately develop strong study skills for the future.

Tommy has had a passion for helping those around him since he was a child, bringing his neighbors’ groceries up the stairs. He has volunteered in the medical field for several years; first in the Emergency Room at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos, CA. Currently, he works at Imani Clinic, an entirely student-run health clinic that focuses on providing care to the uninsured community at Oak Park in Sacramento. He began tutoring as part of a UC Davis club called Tutors for a Change; together, the club carpools to high schools in Yolo County that do not have the resources to hire paid tutors. When he was able to help students finally solve a tough geometry proof or work through algebra concepts they previously struggled with, he knew this was something he wanted to continue doing. Tommy is glad to be able to improve his skills and to help more students succeed as part of the team at the Academy of 21st Century Learning.

What is on your nightstand?
My nightstand is topped with a record player, a stereo, and speakers. After a long day, I like to unwind by lying down, closing my eyes, and filling my room with music!

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three things would you bring?
I would bring a barbeque, a lawn chair, and some steaks. Until the rescue boats came, I would enjoy a relaxing beach vacation.

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