# Cody

Certified Tutor

Undergraduate Degree: Massachusettes Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

ACT Composite: 35

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 36

ACT Reading: 36

ACT Science: 34

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1540

SAT Math: 790

SAT Verbal: 720

SAT Writing: 750

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10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Science

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Science

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Science

9th Grade Math

ACCUPLACER College-Level Math

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra

Algebra 3/4

AP

AP Computer Science

AP Computer Science A

Applied Mathematics

ASPIRE Math

ASPIRE Science

CLEP Calculus

CLEP Chemistry

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP Precalculus

College Biology

College Chemistry

College Computer Science

College Math

College Physics

COMPASS Mathematics

Computational Problem Solving

Computer Programming

Developmental Algebra

Discrete Math

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science

Evolution

Evolutionary Biology

General Biology

General Chemistry

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School Computer Science

High School Physics

Homeschool

Homework Support

Honors

HSPT Math

HSPT Quantitative

IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches

IB Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation

Life Sciences

Mathematical Foundations for Computer Science

Middle School Science

Physical Science

Quantitative Reasoning

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

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

I like to find out what my students' interests are outside of their academics, and then find clever ways to introduce those topics into our lessons.

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

Students seek tutoring because they are struggling with material, and usually that means they aren't able to discern things that might seem "trivial" to a tutor from things that are essential concepts. Unlike many tutors, that will perform trivial calculations or jot down things from memory to save time, I like to have my students answer these small questions for me. This boosts their confidence because it means they won't always be unsure or wrong when asked questions during a lesson.

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

Depending on the needs of the student and the subject, I generally work with blank pieces of white paper and multi-colored pens or markers. I also use my iPad as a resource to look up definitions, formulas, images, examples, and to check answers using Wolfram Alpha for large calculations.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe establishing a relaxed atmosphere and forming a friendly bond with students is key. Students seek out tutoring because the atmosphere of school and/or the relationship with their teacher is not working for them. It's silly to want to recreate that atmosphere or mimic that relationship as a tutor. I have to think outside the box, and I greatly enjoy it!

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

During my first session with a student I like to establish a timeline for major milestones related to subject at hand. Exam dates, project due dates, homework assignments, etc. are all things I like to be aware of so we can plan accordingly. For test prep students that will be wanting repeat lessons I like to start out with a diagnostic, either administered by me or at home by a parent, to get an idea of where the student is in relation to where they want to be.