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Andrew

I love to be helpful to people, and I love to help students improve their performance in classes and on tests. I have an excellent track record of strong performances in graded classes and on standardized tests. I am confident that I can help any student take their performance to the next level in any of several academic subject areas, especially math and chemistry, and on standardized tests.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Bachelors, Chemistry

Graduate Degree:

 Washington University in St Louis - PhD, Inorganic Chemistry

SAT Math: 800

SAT Verbal: 630

Sports (especially soccer), puzzles (jigsaw, crossword, soduku), Music (Classical and Classic Rock), and Bicycling

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

College Chemistry

College English

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

DAT Quantitative Reasoning

DAT Survey of the Natural Sciences

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

GED Social Studies

Graduate Level Chemistry

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Physics

High School Writing

IB Chemistry

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

PC Basic Computer Skills

PCAT Chemistry

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

What is your teaching philosophy?

I learn first. That is, I learn a student's learning style and barriers to improved performance. Then, I cater my approach to that learning style and offer ways to overcome those barriers.

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

I would spend the first few minutes with a student by giving a very brief introduction of myself, and then asking the student to describe his/her situation. I would attempt to determine that student's learning style and barriers to success. Then, I would go over some material that the student has supplied, if available. Finally, I would give the student some practice problems to solve as I observe. I would point out possible ways to overcome barriers to success. Halfway through and at the end of the session, I would stop and ask the student if (s)he is happy with how our session has gone. I would hope to get some feedback and modify my future approach accordingly.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by taking advantage of opportunities to raise the student's self-confidence and discussing the benefits of being able to seek and discover information on one's own.