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Evan

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I'm an academic by profession and a writer by habit. I have over three years of teaching experience at private tutoring companies, UC Berkeley, UC Berkeley's Summer Bridge Program, and as a freelance political science/calculus tutor (there's more overlap than you think). In 2014, my paper "Set Theory and Fuzzy Sets: Their Relationship to Natural Language" was published in the Newsletter of the American Political Science Association Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research. I'm fond of good food and bad puns. In my free time, I wish I had more free time.

Evan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelor in Arts, Political Science and Government

Hobbies

Running, writing, reading, movies, good food, bad puns

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

Algebra

Algebra 2

History

Arithmetic

Calculus

College Algebra

College Level American History

College World History

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School Math

European History

High School Level American History

High School World History

Homeschool

Middle School Math

Political Science

Pre-Algebra

Summer

World Civilization

World History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My goal is to create an environment in which I learn as much from my students as my students learn from me.

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

Assess a student's level of knowledge and create a study plan.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Build study skills that can be used in any learning context -- from classrooms to Netflix documentaries.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Cautious encouragement.

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

Break it down into steps and encourage practice.

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

I assign reading material from a variety of disciplines and work with them through increasing levels of difficulty. When we arrive at a place where the student feels comfortable, we push past it.

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

Relating the material to concepts the student already knows, breaking everything into steps, and assigning pneumonic devices. If all else fails, it helps to laugh at the material every once in a while.

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

Every subject -- even the most mundane -- is exciting when it's made relevant. I keep students engaged by keeping the material current and salient.