I have a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto; my professional and scientific interests lie in metabolic engineering, cell biology, and bioinformatics.
I began my tutoring career in high school as a peer tutor, where I spent my free study periods in departmental offices offering academic support on a drop-in basis. In college I also enjoyed tutoring my friends when they wanted some extra academic support.
My passion is for mathematics and the sciences: as an engineer I have a deep appreciation for how theory in textbooks translates into real world applications. In my experience, the most important component of the tutor/student relationship is the tutor's ability to inspire and to broaden the student's imagination.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Toronto - Bachelors, Chemical Engineering
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1470
SAT Math: 740
SAT Writing: 710
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
Middle School Science
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
This answer strongly depends on the subject. For SAT & ACT Math, I always emphasize the fact that most question can be solved in different ways; by attempting multiple techniques on the same problem, students can understand their strengths and weaknesses and pick their favorite method. For ACT and SAT Reading, I teach procedures for solving questions that take advantage of how the test questions are constructed.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Deep learning doesn't happen in one big jump; it happens in "baby steps." Whenever my students make another "baby step," I tell them of their progress. Students become aware of their true progress and don't become discouraged thinking that they must climb a mountain in one giant step.