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I am an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing applied mathematics with a minor in computer science. I have been interested in education since high school, where I individually tutored classmates in math and Japanese, and worked as a TA for physics lectures.

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Taylor’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 33

ACT Math: 36

ACT Reading: 30

ACT Science: 36

SAT Composite: 2290

SAT Math: 800

SAT Verbal: 760

SAT Writing: 730

Hobbies

League of Legends, running, typing, music

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

1st Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

5th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Advanced Placement Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

Algorithms

AP

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Computer Science

AP Computer Science A

AP Physics 1

AP Statistics

Applied Mathematics

Arithmetic

ASPIRE Math

ASPIRE Reading

C++

CAHSEE Mathematics

Calculus

Calculus 2

CLEP Calculus

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP Precalculus

College Algebra

College English

College Physics

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

Competition Math

Computational Problem Solving

Creative Writing

Cryptogrophy

DAT Quantitative Reasoning

Developmental Algebra

Differential Equations

Discrete Math

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Finite Mathematics

GED Prep

GED Math

Geometry

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Integrated Reasoning

GMAT Quantitative

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Quantitative

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

GRE Subject Tests

Handwriting

High School English

High School Physics

Homework Support

HSPT Language Skills Prep

HSPT Math Prep

HSPT Quantitative Prep

IB Further Mathematics

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematical Studies SL

IB Mathematics

IB Mathematics HL

IB Mathematics SL

IB Physics

IB Physics HL

IB Physics SL

Intermediate Algebra

College Math

Java

JavaScript

Linear Algebra

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Newtonian Mechanics

OAT Physics

OAT Quantitative Reasoning

PCAT Quantitative Ability

PCAT Writing

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

PSAT Prep

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Mathematics

PSAT Writing Skills

Quantitative Reasoning

Reading

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Verbal

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Spelling Bee

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

Statistics

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Trigonometry

Vocabulary


Q & A

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

Learn about applications of the subject in society, school, or the workplace! It is much easier to get engaged in a topic if you can identify how it is relevant to your daily life.

What is your teaching philosophy?

A teacher is a resource for knowledge and discussions. Overloading a curriculum with excessive homework problems and lectures wrongly emphasizes the teaching process rather than the material.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

We will first go back to the textbook to isolate and review the difficult concept. Then, I will assign specific problems without confounding factors to make sure he or she understands it thoroughly.

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

I want to talk about the student's learning style, what he or she already knows, and what concepts are causing trouble. This will allow me to identify strengths and weaknesses and plan future lessons accordingly.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I like to briefly review previous concepts with questions that are intuitive and rather easy. Then, linking these questions to the difficult material is a natural progression that builds confidence and makes learning less abstract.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would ask the student to explain the material back to me, as competence is a prerequisite for teaching. Homework problems, especially those that test knowledge of exceptions such as zero, are natural follow-ups that ensure independent understanding.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I will ask whether the pace is appropriate, as because tutoring does not cover an entire curriculum, different students have had different amounts of exposure. If I notice recurring trouble with fundamental concepts, we will take a step back to review and reinforce the student's foundation.

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

For online tutoring, I use the interactive whiteboard to allow both of us to collaborate on a problem via shared diagrams and text. For in-person tutoring, textbooks can be useful references, but I also work with the student on the same sheet of paper to give additional insight.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

It is easy to lose motivation when the concepts the student is learning seem like random tests of memorization. I like to emphasize the bigger picture, and while the proverb of focusing on the journey rather than the destination holds truth, it is necessary to provide context for motivation.

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

Confidence is closely related to success, and it is important to recognize small successes, even though they may not imply complete mastery of the subject. Keeping a checklist of concepts and checking them off to show daily improvement can build confidence through progress.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Our online platform gives practice problems that I use as a preliminary diagnosis. In addition, when I have discussions with students, it is clear that they have needs for a concept if they have trouble explaining it fluently.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Students who read fluently will naturally begin to comprehend the content. I encourage them to read easier materials such as magazines and text messages to increase comfort, then transition to more difficult passages and begin the next step of comprehension.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will show a student what resources are available, whether they are calculators, online videos, or textbook appendices. Effective autonomous learners do not necessarily do everything by themselves, but rather understand the fundamental process of acquiring information.


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