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Stephen

I graduated from Marywood University with a BS in Biology, and a Minor in Chemistry. I spent my time in school occasionally goofing off with my friends, studying, playing varsity lacrosse (all four years!) and working. I spent time in work study doing everything from the lacrosse team's laundry (gross) to working as an assistant in the daycare center on campus (ehausting) to working at the IT Help Desk (study time.) I also worked in emergency departments around the area. My senior year I did research on the effects of drug use on the brains of crayfish. It was difficult, but the results could one day lead to new treatments for drug addiction. I finished in 2011 and I am currently working on getting into medical school, hopefully in New York so I can be near my family but I think I'd be happy anywhere, as long as I get in!

I spent the past two years working with the education nonprofit City Year. I worked at UCLA community schools in Koreatown and also at Markham middle school in Watts. I spent the majority of my time working in eighth grade classrooms, covering all subject areas, although my favorite subjects to tutor are math and science. I worked closely with partner teachers to identify students with individual difficulties. I then prepared and implemented individualized and differentiated support plans to help them either academically or behaviorally.

I also helped run academically oriented after school programs. In 2011-2012 I helped run an after school program catering to first through fifth graders. I prepared lesson plans, many focusing on science because that is my background, as well as providing homework help. My alter ego was Scientist Stephen, a mad scientist who, while he was an expert, was rather scatterbrained and tended to spill chemicals on himself. It was fun for the kids, not for my laundry bill.

When working with students, I hold high expectations for them regardless of their background. I believe in letting kids make mistakes so they can learn to overcome them, but I will never let a student fail. Most of my sessions follow an "I do, we do, you do" format. I will demonstrate a problem or two, then we will work together on a few that gradually get more difficult, followed by individual or small group work. My time is not spent working solely on academic material, I believe you need to be invested in the student as a whole person, and that's why I spend time getting to know their likes and dislikes, their hopes and dreams, and hopefully pushing them to be overall better people, not simply better students. I believe the best tutor is one that, by the end of the partnership, is no longer necessary for the student's success.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Marywood University - BS, Biology

SAT Math: 710

SAT Verbal: 720

Sports: Lacrosse, Football, Basketball, Running, Swimming, Hiking, Table Tennis, Real Tennis. I love playing card games, gin rummy and pitch are my favorite and I'm working on learning all the rules to pinochle. I love to read.