Morgan Finegan’s first experience tutoring was in high school, where she volunteered in an after-school mentoring program for low-income elementary school children. She loved experimenting with ways to make learning enjoyable for her mentees, and decided that in college she would study to become a teacher. Driven to thoroughly understand how the brain best integrates information, as well as the most effective teaching techniques, Morgan majored in psychology and minored in education at Dartmouth College. After various health-related internships during college, Morgan realized that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine; however, she is still passionate about tutoring and mentoring others, and so she has joined the ESM team as an academic mentor while she studies at a premedical post-baccalaureate program at Mills College.
Morgan is a strong believer in a growth mindset, which means viewing intelligence as fluid and malleable, and so she encourages effort rather than perfection. She works hard to help students appreciate the process of learning itself, including learning from failures. Her ultimate goal is to have students feel confident in their ability to take on challenging tasks and motivated to pursue their interests. As someone who loved math and science classes until she started struggling with them in high school, Morgan feels particularly passionate about helping students feel less intimidated by STEM subjects. For this reason, Morgan works hard to be as supportive as possible, and tries varying approaches to teaching a concept in order to find the approach that “clicks” with that particular student.
Outside of tutoring, some of Morgan’s interests include: cooking, hiking, practicing yoga, biking, watching comedy, reading, and playing guitar. She loves being outdoors and believes that taking time for mental and physical health is one of the most important keys to obtaining your goals.