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I am currently a rising junior and a part of the Scholars (Honors) Program at Binghamton University. I am planning on obtaining a BS in Integrative Neuroscience upon graduation and continuing onto medical school or graduate school for Neuropharmacology. I have tutored many high school students from NYC in different areas of math including Trigonometry, Algebra I, SAT Math, and ACT Math. I have also tutored college students in general Chemistry. I love tutoring pretty much any type of high school math as I find math fun in general. I particularly like tutoring Algebra and Trigonometry best because I enjoy analyzing different types of functions and how to manipulate them. In addition, I also have a passion for Biology and Chemistry and after taking Organic Chemistry, my appreciation for these subjects has grown immensely. I have had not as much experience tutoring in science as I have had in math, but I welcome the opportunity to be able to tutor new students in the subjects I love. When tutoring students, I like to take a problem solving based approach as I find that this is the best way for students to be exposed to and understand new material. I like to break concepts down so that my students really understand what is going on instead of simply memorizing facts. Outside of academics, I enjoy running, lifting weights, cooking, and reading medical/psychology articles as well as graphic novels.

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Joshua’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: SUNY Binghamton - Bachelors, Integrative Neuroscience

Test Scores

SAT Math: 800

Hobbies

Running, Working Out, Video Games, Research, Neuroscience, Science (in general), Rock Music, Soundtracks, Medicine, Comic Books/Graphic Novels


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that a student should really understand why something works instead of simply memorizing it. Understanding builds confidence, and makes the student feel more comfortable with the topic and more capable to apply the relevant information in different settings. In addition, I want to expose my students to as many approaches as possible when solving a problem in math and sciences.

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

In the first session, I usually try to get a feel for the student's strengths and weaknesses. I start by going over topics that the student tells me are difficult. Oftentimes, what ends up happening is that I find that the student has trouble in other areas as well, and I focus on those areas for subsequent sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by instilling confidence in the student and by building basic fundamental skills. I strive to make sure that my students understand basic terminology so that they are capable of being able to grasp new concepts that are related to old ones. The idea is to establish a basic understanding of a topic so that the student can easily understand novel concepts related to that topic.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I keep students motivated by encouraging them and by not pushing them too hard. Students should feel challenged but not overwhelmed. If they feel overwhelmed then they become discouraged and are less willing to learn. However, if they are not challenged at all, then they do not learn anything and become bored. Therefore, I strive to establish a middle ground of difficulty to keep the students engaged. I expose them to increasing difficult situations when they master easier scenarios. In this way, they are stimulated, but not intimidated, creating an optimal environment for learning.

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

If a student is struggling with a particular topic, I try to explain it in as many different ways as I possibly can, with the intention that one of the explanations will resonate with the student. In the rare case in which that doesn't work, I try to simplify the scenario to allow the student to have a vague understanding of the concept. From there, I delve into the more complex aspects of the subject to help the student build a more comprehensive understanding of the topic.

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

I have found that one of the most effective strategies for tutoring students in the math and sciences is simply to get right into the subject material and do problems. Oftentimes, these problems consist of multiple steps and test a variety of concepts at once. Therefore, it is very easy for me to pick up on what exactly is difficult for the student to understand. Once I identify specific concepts that are difficult for the student, I hone in on those concepts so that they have a better understanding of how the concepts work.


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