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Sean

I am an Engineering Physics sophomore in Cornell University's College of Engineering, and am also planning to get a math minor. I have been tutoring since sophomore year of high school, and currently tutor elementary school students in Ithaca. I also teach a 1-credit class in multivariable calculus for Cornell Engineering Learning Initiatives, and it is what I look forward to every week! On Varsity Tutors, I tutor up to college level mathematics and physics, test prep (including AP Physics, and Calculus), and Latin. Explaining difficult math and science concepts in plain English is my forte. I love teaching and will be glad to help anyone really learn to be able to learn independently. Outside of teaching, I also am an Eagle Scout and love to camp.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Cornell University - Current Undergrad, Engineering Physics

SAT Composite: 2250

SAT Math: 770

SAT Verbal: 730

SAT Writing: 750

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 790

SAT Subject Test in Latin: 770

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 800

SAT Subject Test in Physics: 760

Mathematical Physics, Teaching (duh), Camping, Origami, Poetry, Latin

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teach students to teach themselves, and to love the act of learning itself.

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

With new students, I always get to know their interests and strengths. That way, I can explain things in a way that will either motivate them through an interest, or in a way that will be easiest for them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I like to give students a reason to learn- and school isn't one of them. I always feel accomplished when I have helped one of my students start to love learning, because then they will really shine.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I like to show them how much they know. No student is stupid; they just need someone to support them and sometimes explain things in a different way.

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

Until my students understand, I always explain things in various ways and in simple English that is easy to understand. Because I have mastered the material, I tend to attack difficult concepts in very easy to grasp ways, and in ways that most teachers would never have thought of.

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

I like to check in on my students' understanding by asking them to explain concepts back to me.