I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. I am enthusiastic about learning, and I try to pass that on to my students. I know that standardized testing can be a drag but I make it as painless as possible while teaching effective techniques that will help you save time and make the best educated guesses even if you are not 100% sure of the material. My favorite subject to teach is the SAT because they are developed in such a way that you can 'game' the questions and figure out answers by analyzing their context in addition to their content. This approach sets me apart from other tutors who focus solely on the information explicitly presented in SAT questions. Outside of tutoring, I am interested in the maker movement and like to hike and work on diy projects. My current project is a laser-cut version of the tile-based German-style board game "Carcassonne".
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Bachelors, Materials Engineering
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 730
SAT Writing: 730
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800
SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 800
SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1: 720
SAT Subject Test in Physics: 770
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that it is important to determine the students' personal learning style and describe problem solving techniques in a way that is meaningful to them.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would start by asking them to look at a few practice problems and describe their thought processes as they solve them. After observing how they approach problems, I would identify the points where they have trouble and directly target those areas.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
To cultivate independence in a student, I would teach them analysis and thought patterns to use in problem solving rather than memorization of facts and methods.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To motivate a student I would emphasize the long-term benefits of the work they are doing by highlighting specific examples from my own life.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to understand exactly where the mental block lies, and then explain the concept using a different perspective.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would go through the passages and identify exactly which words are important for comprehension, and why they are important. When they understand why certain words are significant, they will be able to identify those words independently.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To ensure that a student fully understands material, I ask them to explain their thought processes as they solve a problem.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I try to give small compliments whenever a student comes to understand something that they used to struggle with.