### Award-Winning Geometry Tutors in Cary, IL

Andrew ...in college and I started teaching high school math after graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a math degree. I then earned my masters in Secondary Math Education at Northwestern University. I have taught all high school subjects (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, and Finite Math) and...

University of Notre Dame - BS, Math

Northwestern University - MSED, Math Education

Mengyi ...understanding how they study best. I tailor my teaching style and methods to each individual, and sometimes I find that the most effective way to learning is to have the student teach it back to me. I always end up learning a lot in unexpected ways from my students, and that's why I love tutoring.

Princeton - BA, International Relations

Yajie ...exam skills. Born and raised in China, I am confident that I will be able to help students in Chinese language and Chinese culture. As for formal education, I graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with my Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Economics, Loyola University Chicago with my Master's degree in Finance in 2014.... No one is born smart. The smarter ones just worked harder. Study will become fun when you work harder and become good at it.

Illinois Wesleyan University - BA, Accounting/Economics

Loyola University Chicago - MS, Finance

Miguel ...student advisor for several non-profits dedicated to educational advocacy and academic enrichment. I thus have extensive experience working with middle and high schoolers in a variety of educational environments - including public, charter, and private schools throughout New York City. My individual-driven approach to tutoring has been shaped by working with students with diverse needs...

Harvard University - BA, History and Science; Comparative Literature (French, German)

Rajiv ...eventually pursue. To push that philosophy, my teaching style is Socratic. Students learn best by teaching and doing, not by being spoon fed information. Certainly, some times they need a helping hand, and other times they need to be in an environment like tutoring where they are allowed to be wrong without penalty. Failure is...

University of Michigan - BS, Electrical Engineering

University of Michigan - MS, Industrial and Operations Engineering

Jason ...of Saint Joseph's College in Patchogue, New York with a bachelor's degree in education. I have taught and tutored students of various ages for six years. As a classroom teacher in both special and general education, I have had the pleasure of helping students achieve their academic goals in reading, writing, mathematics, and science at...

Saint Joseph's College-New York - Bachelors, Education

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Masters, Business Administration

Kevin ...Accountancy and Finance. I have three years of experience in tutoring K-12 children in math and reading, and have personally succeeded in a large variety of standardized tests, including the ACT, the SAT, and various AP tests. I am especially passionate about teaching students optimal test-taking strategies for conquering standardized tests and honing their critical...

Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - BS, Accounting

Shivam ...and help others. I also have a huge passion for math. I have loved and excelled at it since elementary school. I'm doing a minor in mathematics at college because I enjoy the subject so much. I try to make sure my students walk away with something from each session. I hold myself to high...

University of MIchigan Ann Arbor - BS, Computer Sciense

Melissa ...engineering, and math. My time teaching high school also included one-on-one experience with students who have special education needs, and I have found that communication with parents is essential. It is my hope that I can continue to help others learn and introduce them to the exciting world of math and science.... Effective teaching is a difficult goal to achieve. When thinking of thinking, many people may think of classroom lectures, instructors doling out facts and figures, and students memorizing and regurgitating. However, I think that a more effective teaching strategy comes from an effort to help students develop new ways of thinking and new learning processes, while still capitalizing on methods that are familiar to them. In addition, teaching should not be exclusive to the domain of academics. Undergraduates and high school students, in particular, can benefit from learning life skills such as time management and critical thinking. Being a teacher requires a balance of professionalism and approachability, which can ultimately culminate in a positive experience for both the instructor and student. As a general chemistry laboratory instructor, my previous position required me to balance hands-on instruction with short lectures indicating background material. I have found that keeping the lectures short allowed students the opportunity to experience concepts first-hand, and helped them retain the information more effectively. Chemistry is a daunting subject for many students, and it is my goal to bring about their excitement by example. In addition to teaching them course material, I also mention real-world examples of chemistry in action, and give descriptions of my daily life as a research graduate student, when appropriate. This gave my students a firm grasp on what it means to do research in science, and what it means to discover something new and exciting. One of my main goals as a chemistry instructor is to teach students critical thinking skills. This is often a new experience for many students, as they are required to look at a single set of data from many different perspectives. "What could be causing this change? How could we make this experiment better?" These are the type of questions that I hope my students will eventually learn to ask on their own. I typically employ the method of answering their questions with another question in order to highlight important ideas or mistakes that a student may have made. This way, students are actually able to answer their own questions, which helps them become more confident in their abilities. I have found that this is much more effective than simply giving a direct answer because it assists the students in developing their critical thinking skills and helps them remember concepts more concretely since they came to the conclusion on their own. By slowly taking them through the process of critical thinking one step at a time, my aim is to help them learn chemical concepts as well as to develop analytical thinking skills. My goal is that they will eventually learn this questioning method and be able to employ it on their own. The critical thinking skills I teach in chemistry are directly applicable to everyday life. Most people consider it a purely academic endeavor, but it can be applied to a wide range of topics such as science, literature, music, and philosophy. I personally find it very important to help students realize that they can apply critical thinking and other skills to their personal life. Many undergraduate students are on their own for the first time, and are in the process of discovering and developing their personalities. At both St. Joseph High School and Florida International University, I had the opportunity to interact with a uniquely diverse student body representing a range of personalities. Their interests, beliefs, and behaviors can all be examined during the college years. Teachers often consider their jobs to be purely academic, but I think it is important to remember that some students are searching for new ideas and experiences. As a teacher, I want to nurture their search for new ideas so that they may develop as individuals both academically and personally. The desire to help students improve in two different ways requires a balance of professionalism and relatability. I approach this problem by being fun during class lectures but still imparting the course knowledge. I usually relate chemical concepts to everyday experiences or create a fictional short story to describe to students. This makes the students feel like I am approachable, but still knowledgeable. I believe that the stoic lectures of professors past need to be altered; a positive and fun learning atmosphere can be enjoyed regardless of the topic. Integration of innovative technological techniques is at the forefront of this revolution. To this end, I integrated interactive applications such as Classcraft and Kahoot, which encouraged student involvement. In an effort to improve my teaching abilities, I earned the Teaching Assistant Certification from FIU's Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Throughout my experience in this program, I have been able to identify some of my strengths and weaknesses as an instructor. I have been able to use this experience to incorporate daily quizzes into general chemistry laboratory curriculum as an effort to help students better prepare for labs. I also assisted in bringing new technology to the classroom by being one of the pilot instructors for the SPARK data acquisition system, which is now in full use in all of FIU's general chemistry laboratory sections. Current studies on teaching pedagogy are clear that simple lectures do not impart as much educational value as group work, writing exercises, and other interactive methods. It is important to remember that even teachers have to learn and that there is always potential for growth. While I have presented part of my teaching philosophy here, I am constantly in the process of examining and changing it. Every class has a unique set of individuals with challenges and talents. In order to teach, I must be flexible and willing to try new methods. My overall goal is to create a fun atmosphere where students' learning is a priority, and where they can feel comfortable asking questions. I want my students to develop critical thinking skills and to understand that they can apply to more than just scientific concepts. My goal is to help students learn chemistry while learning about themselves in the process.

John Carroll University - BS, Chemistry

Florida International University - MS, Analytical Chemistry

Jourdan ...tutoring style, because I like to see where a student has problems understanding, and complete the problem in a way that they can connect with. It is important to see how students approach a problem on their own first, because each student has a different academic background. In my spare time, I like to exercise,...

Johns Hopkins University - BS, Biomedical Engineering