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Derek

I am an alumnus of UCSD with a Master's Degree in International Relations, and a B.A. in Economics and Music. As my academic background suggests, I am interested in many different subjects (if I could have also studied history, physics and literature, I would have!). I have tutored with Varsity for the past 4 years, and before that, I taught music lessons for over a decade to students of all ages and musical backgrounds. As a result, I have learned how to identify students' learning styles and, most importantly, how to make unpleasant topics interesting -- or at least less unpleasant. Moreover, I have experienced the frustration and the struggles many students face in different subjects. In college as a music major, general math requirements were the bane of my existence. I had to retake classes and attend tutoring sessions myself. But eventually, I discovered how to tackle it, and down the road, chose to stick with the math and study Economics. All of this has taught me how to be patient and positive toward my students and taught me the importance of building up confidence through gradual improvement. But my life is not only about teaching and being a student. I compose music on the side, love sci-fi, and even though they make it difficult for me, I remain faithful to my San Diego Chargers and Padres.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of California-San Diego - Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Music

Graduate Degree:

 University of California-San Diego - MPIA, International Economics

GRE: 1470

GRE Verbal: 720

GRE Quantitative: 750

Musical composition, baseball, football, jazz, classical music, hiking, current affairs

AP US History

College English

College Level American History

College World History

Comparative Literature

Elementary School Math

GRE

High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History

Music

Music Theory

Saxophone