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I am a recent Ph.D. graduate in Astrophysics from Clemson University, where I also received my Master's in Astrophysics. In 2010, I graduated from The Ohio State University with degrees in Astronomy, Physics, and Russian. I have been tutoring students in math, science, and standardized test subjects for the past five years, and I would love to help you succeed in whatever subject necessary. When I am not working, I like to participate in public outreach events in math and science.

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Dina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The Ohio State University - Bachelor of Science, Astronomy, Physics, and Russian

Graduate Degree: Clemson University - Masters, Physics-Astrophysics


Stargazing, Hiking, Museums, Public Outreach in STEM fields, Reading, Football, Cats

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

1st Grade Math

2nd Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Science

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Science

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Science

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Science

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Science

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Science

9th Grade Math

ACT Aspire

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Advanced Placement Prep


Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC



ASPIRE Science


CAHSEE Mathematics


CLEP Calculus

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP Precalculus

College Algebra

College English

College Essays

College Math

COMPASS Mathematics

Developmental Algebra

Differential Equations

Earth Science

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science



High School Chemistry

High School English

Homework Support


IB Mathematical Studies SL

IB Mathematics HL

IB Mathematics SL

IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches

IB Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation

Intermediate Algebra


Middle School Math

Middle School Science


Physical Science




PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Mathematics


SAT Math

SAT Mathematics


STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teachers should engage their students and always strive to be more effective.

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

I would get to know the student and pinpoint the specific issues they have in a particular subject.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would go through an example, showing the student the step-by-step methods necessary to achieve the correct answer. Then, I would have the student complete a similar problem independently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I always describe myself as a student's cheerleader. Nothing makes me happier than helping a student achieve their goals. Motivation comes from the positive reinforcement I employ.

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

I would go back to the basics and show how the concept is actually a natural progression from an easier concept. Then, we would practice the new topic with several examples.

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

I find underlining key words and phrases tremendously aids in reading comprehension. Also, many students who struggle with reading comprehension get hung up on difficult vocabulary, so I would define any new words in a fun and exciting way.

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

The best strategy is to make the student comfortable with explaining exactly where the issues lie. Communication is key when first starting with a student.

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

I would create a game based on the topic.

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

I would have the student prove that they have learned the material by either assigning homework or having them show me how to work through a similar problem without any assistance.

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

I would start at the basics. Once a foundation is built, we would step-by-step continue adding material to already familiar concepts.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I ask what they would like to achieve in our tutoring sessions, and systematically proceed making those goals a reality.

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

I listen to them. Whether a student is more visual or needs a quiet environment for working, I am keenly aware of what needs to be done to make them more comfortable.

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

I usually use texts, paper, pens, and a calculator. If a subject requires additional references, I use my laptop to show the student supplementary online resources.

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