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Nate

I earned a BA in Chemistry from the University of Chicago. I am extremely passionate about teaching. I student taught high school chemistry in a NYC public school. I have extensive experience tutoring at the Gary Comer Youth Center in Chicago, as well as tutoring piano to 16 students aged 4-13. I hold a NY State Transitional B Teaching License and am currently living in Minneapolis.

I enjoy identifying a student's long term learning goals and working with them to bolster areas of difficulty. I enjoy the challenge of breaking a problem down into manageable parts and guiding students towards a deep understanding of subject matter.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Chicago - Bachelors, Chemistry

SAT Composite: 2210

SAT Math: 720

SAT Verbal: 740

SAT Writing: 750

Music, running, filmmaking

AP Music Theory

AP US History

College Chemistry

College English

High School Chemistry

High School English

IB BIology

IB Chemistry

IB Physics

Molecular Biology

Other

What is your teaching philosophy?

There is no such thing as a bad student, only a bad teacher. It is a teacher's responsibility to work with each individual student to find a method that works for that student.

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

Identify areas of weakness for that student. Develop a list of topics that need addressing, and gather problems scaffolding up to mastery in those topics to work on with the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teach the student good study techniques, such as how to gear studying towards assessments, how to choose study problems effectively, and how to plan out study sessions.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Provide the student with work that they can do. Work must be at an appropriate level, and students must see that their work can lead them to success.

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

Identify the student's strengths, and scaffold up to the concept using those building blocks. Attempt various approaches to assist students in understanding a concept.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Ask the student to underline the most important sentence in each paragraph. Ask the student to underline unfamiliar words. Ask the student to summarize passages. Direct the student to important passages.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Develop a clear plan for each lesson in the beginning, so that the student understands what the aim of the lesson is. Develop a plan of action about which topics the student needs to work on. View the student's assessments to identify problem areas.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Help the student achieve success in the subject by giving them problems that are appropriate for them. Connect the subject to real-world implications in their lives.

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

A wide array of practice problems. Using simple, understandable language with the students. Frequently checking for understanding.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Have the student confront problems that they are capable of solving in the beginning.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Look at the student's coursework and assessments. Provide the student with additional assessments as needed.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

After administering instruction, test student again. If the student succeeds, methods were useful. If not, change methods.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

The textbook in the topic, practice test questions, outside materials relating the topic to real-world applications.