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Stephen

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I am a graduate of Trinity University. I received my Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science with minors in Mathematics and Physics.

I started my tutoring career while attending Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. I have tutored students in Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Geometry, Algebra, Chemistry, Statistics, Physics, Engineering Mechanics (both Statics and Dynamics), and Thermodynamics. While working for a previous tutoring company, I helped to design and teach their standardized test preparation course for high school students. Thanks to this experience, I am intimately familiar with tutoring for both the SAT and ACT.

I believe that a tutor’s role in education is to ensure understanding. After all, practice doesn’t actually make perfect, it simply makes permanent. I believe that the tutor’s job is to make sure that the student is practicing correctly, so that what is ultimately made permanent is the correct way to solve problems.

I particularly enjoy tutoring in math. I love the process of learning by extrapolating knowledge: building advanced mathematical knowledge from the foundation of what the student already understands. By relating everything back to the basics of the discipline, I love watching students realize that they actually know and understand a lot more of math than they give themselves credit for.

Stephen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Trinity University - Bachelor of Science, Engineering Science

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 33

ACT Reading: 35

SAT Math: 760

SAT Verbal: 730

GRE Quantitative: 170

GRE Verbal: 164

AP Chemistry: 5

AP Calculus AB: 5

AP Calculus BC: 5

AP Statistics: 4

Hobbies

Reading (anything I can get my hands on – books, magazines, newspapers, internet posts, etc.), hanging out with friends, watching movies, and playing with my dog, Rusty; my guilty pleasure is binge-watching TV shows online.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

Advanced Placement Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Chemistry

AP Physics 1

AP Statistics

Applied Mathematics

Arithmetic

Business

Business Calculus

Business Statistics

Calculus

Calculus 2

Chemistry

College Algebra

College Chemistry

College Physics

Differential Equations

Electrical Engineering

Engineering

Geometry

Gifted

Graduate Test Prep

GRE

GRE Quantitative

GRE Verbal

High School Chemistry

High School Physics

Linear Algebra

Math

MATLAB

Mechanical Engineering

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Other

Physics

Pre-Calculus

Probability

Quantitative Reasoning

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Statics

Statics and Dynamics

Statistics

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Thermodynamics

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I typically start by trying to gauge where the student currently stands in their understanding of the material. From there, it gives me a better idea of whether I can simply provide ongoing support as the class moves forward, or if I need to devote more time to reinforcing the more basic concepts with the student so that they can become more comfortable with the advanced materials.