I am a graduate of the University of Nevada (Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in mathematics) and later Cornell Law School (Juris Doctor). I have had a diverse experience in teaching and tutoring, including 1) teaching high school mathematics at the American School of Doha in Qatar, 2) teaching undergraduate mathematics courses while earning my masters degree, 3) tutoring fellow undergraduate students at the University of Nevada's Academic Skills Center and 4) teaching an LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) preparation course for a private tutoring company when I attended law school. Prior to moving to Southern California, I lived in New York City and practiced law at two large law firms in the field of corporate reorganization and bankruptcy.
In my experience helping students with both mathematics and LSAT test preparation, each of which involves a good deal of formal logic, it is often useful to present a subject matter or test question in a visual and systemic manner. I find that this helps a student picture the overall structure of the task at hand before diving into the step-by-step details and risk getting lost in the weeds. (This is also often a useful way to explain legal concepts to fellow attorneys, clients and judges.)
In addition, I have found that students learn better and perform more efficiently on exams when they are able to focus on the task at hand instead of being distracted by an excessive level of performance anxiety. As such, I find it helpful to incorporate some information as to what makes a subject matter relevant and interesting and lead students away from the often unhelpful impression that the task of learning and test-taking are devices designed specifically to torment each of them personally.
I have enjoyed gardening since moving to Southern California, which, in New York City, was not something that I really had the space, time or weather to do beyond growing a few potted plants. I also enjoy traveling, having lived in several countries (including five very different cities in the U.S.) and visited many more.
University of Nevada - BA, Mathematics and Psychology
Cornell Law School - JD, Law