I am a recent graduate of Tufts University with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. Throughout college I explored the world of teaching in a variety of ways: I tutored independently for college students in Math and Science throughout my time at Tufts, I worked on curriculum development in my first summer at Tufts (a job which I revisited over the next two years to help implement in schools), and I graded papers for a Differential Equations class of twenty in the fall of my junior year.
My favorite subjects to teach are math and science, particularly Physics. I'm excited to try new subjects such as Chemistry and History, both of which have fascinated me on a personal level. My best tutoring experience was definitely teaching Physics. Introductory Physics classes cover such broad material that is quite new to students, which presents me with the challenge of explaining unfamiliar (and sometimes unintuitive) material in a way my students can understand. In the one instance I also had a great student, always fully prepared and eager to learn.
Tutoring is a two person experience. Logically it seems to me to be the best form of teaching - individual attention and focus. In practice I've found this to be true if both teacher and student are committed to the task at hand while remaining relaxed and patient.
I like it when the student tells me what they know. I don't mind a student interrupting me if they understand the matter at hand - there's little use in me explaining what they know, and if there is another purpose, I'll simply say so. My job is to determine and find an explanation for unknowns.
In short, my tutoring mentality is to work with the student to identify gaps in understanding and then think up explanations for those gaps on the spot. It requires that the teacher has a full understanding of the material, which is why I like to teach familiar/comfortable topics.
Outside of teaching and working I like to cook. I particularly like to make desserts (my favorites are cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies). I'm also a huge fan of games - not just video games, which I like to play from time to time (my roommates and I are fans of cinematic games where the whole house can come into the living room and watch one person play), but also board games, which tend to be more strategic and more communal/social. Finally, I like to get some exercise every day. Whether it's running on a treadmill or playing a game of pick-up ultimate (or soccer), I like to spend some of my day moving.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Tufts University - Bachelor of Science, Mechancial Engineering
ACT Composite: 32
ACT Math: 36
ACT Reading: 30
ACT Science: 35
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1530
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 710
SAT Writing: 730
SAT Mathematics Level 1: 800
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800
SAT Physics: 800
Board Games, Cooking, Team Sports (Soccer, Frisbee)
High School Chemistry
High School Physics
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization