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Ben

I am currently in my junior year at Union College. I will graduate with a B.S. in Biology in June of 2016, and plan to go to medical school after. My tutoring experience is quite varied. Back in high school I was the TA for a computer science course and a volunteer tutor in chemistry and biology. More recently, I have done more informal tutoring, such as helping friends at college with biochemistry and MCAT preparation, and helping my younger sister with note taking skills, AP US History, and ACT prep. I tutor a wide range of subjects, from computer science to history and biochemistry to critical reading. My favorite subjects to tutor though, are standardized test prep and biochemistry. Though enjoying standardized tests is not a common opinion, I have always liked the logical nature of standardized test questions, and the fact that simply by working on a few test taking skills students can see marked improvement. Biochemistry, while far from a simple field, is one of my favorite subjects. I find the chemical basis for how biological mechanisms work to be fascinating. Biomedical research is also a passion of mine; I have worked in a handful of labs since high school, from a critical care surgical lab studying treatments for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome to a study on managing diabetes. In my free time, I enjoy reading (especially nonfiction scientific or political books), playing tennis, listening to and playing music (I play piano), and the occasional Netflix marathon. I believe that no matter the subject, every student has the potential for success.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Union College - BS, Biology

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 35

ACT Reading: 36

ACT Science: 35

MCAT: 33

MCAT Verbal Reasoning: 10

MCAT Biological Sciences: 14

Biology/biomedical research, tennis, music, piano, reading

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

5th Grade Reading

6th Grade Reading

7th Grade Reading

8th Grade Reading

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

AP

Cell Biology

College Biology

College English

College Level American History

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School Reading

Evolutionary Biology

General Biology

GRE Subject Test in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology

GRE Subject Tests

High School Biology

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing

Honors

Life Sciences

Middle School Reading

Molecular Biology

Neurobiology

Other

SAT Subject Tests Prep

STAAR EOC Prep

Summer

Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science

US History

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Assess their strengths and weaknesses, and then figure out what areas to spend the most time on to get the biggest benefit.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teaching study skills and test taking strategies can help.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I've found that when a student is struggling with a specific concept, it helps to try a variety of examples and ways of looking at the topic. One might click where another did not.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I think the best way to assess understanding is to ask the student to explain the concept to me as if I was the student. If you can explain a concept, it shows a high level of understanding.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Generally I've found the best way is to give practice tests in the areas the student feels less confident in to pinpoint where work needs to be done.