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Robert

I went to college at NYU Abu Dhabi, the world's honors college, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and I attended high school in New Hampshire at Phillips Exeter Academy. I'm currently applying for medical schools and hope to matriculate in the fall of 2017.
I tutor a broad range of high school and college subjects, but my favorites by far are Spanish and chemistry. I started studying Spanish when I was 10 years old, and fell in love with the idea that suddenly I could communicate with a whole other community of people. Since becoming fluent in Spanish, I've continued to pursue my love of languages by studying Arabic and Mandarin Chinese in school, as well as picking up German from my Austrian family and French from my travels. I'm currently teaching myself Russian with the online learning software Duolingo.
Chemistry has always been my favorite of the three core sciences, as it's more concretely observable than much of modern physics, but more connected to underlying physical principles than biology. My approach to teaching chemistry is to always keep in mind its connection to the other sciences, which can facilitate a better grasp on many chemical concepts.
My approach to tutoring is based in the Harkness philosophy of teaching, which gives a great deal of responsibility to the student to figure things out. I will make sessions as interactive as possible, using as many non-academic resources as I can in order to help students think of subjects as life skills rather than material they must know for a test. I want students to be motivated to learn for the sake of learning something new, rather than simply to pass a test.

When I'm not tutoring or writing my medical school applications, I enjoy teaching myself new languages and reading works by authors such as Haruki Murakami, Ernest Hemingway, and James Joyce. I also love to travel whenever I get the chance, and most recently have visited Ireland, Norway, and Austria.

Undergraduate Degree:

 New York University - Bachelors, Psychology

SAT Composite: 2270

SAT Math: 800

SAT Verbal: 700

SAT Writing: 770

MCAT: 37

MCAT Biological Sciences: 11

MCAT Verbal Reasoning: 13

MCAT Physical Sciences: 13

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 750

SAT Subject Test in Spanish: 760

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1: 700

I love to learn new languages, as well as read works of classic and modern literature such as "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "Kafka on the Shore". In Chicago, I'm always looking to try new restaurants and get off the beaten path (especially south of 20th Street!)