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My love of teaching comes from a lifelong love of learning. As a summa cum laude graduate from an Ivy League University, I know that hard work and dedication to learning can pay off. For my work-study job during college, I have had the pleasure of helping many students realize their own potential and see their grades and test scores improve and by far has been one of the best jobs I have ever had. I studied Biology and Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania and am currently conducting research in the lab of the 2000 Nobel Prize co-winner, Dr. Paul Greengard, at Rockefeller University for two years.

My current plans are to attend medical school. I specialize in tutoring math, chemistry, and biology for success in school. Whether we are working on learning enzyme kinematics or finding the inverse of an equation, one of my goals for each session is to keep the student challenged, but not overwhelmed. I feel that I am very accommodating and adaptable to meet the needs of each individual student, and provide periodic assessments and progress reports. I hold myself to a high standard. For that reason, I often ask for feedback and am very receptive to making changes to my tutoring style as is seen fit by parents and/or students. I try to be flexible with time and meeting location. If need be, to ensure that students have a quiet and comfortable study space in which to work with me, I have tutoring spaces available to me on campus at Rockefeller University on the Upper East side of Manhattan. However, I am happy to travel to another location if that is more convenient for the student. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve success in your studies!

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Randall’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Pennsylvania - Bachelor in Arts, Biology, General

Hobbies

Running, Hiking, Camping, Traveling

Tutoring Subjects

Advanced Placement Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

Anatomy

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

Biology

Chemistry

College Algebra

College Biology

College Chemistry

Conversational Spanish

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Languages

Life Sciences

Math

MCAT

Other

Pre-Algebra

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Statistics

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

As a math and science tutor, I have come to develop two key philosophies: to get students to think about science as a process, and to individualize their learning experiences, the former of which I learned as a student myself, and the latter of which became evident as an effective teaching strategy.

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

For a first session, I generally aim to spend some time getting to know the student and building a friendly relationship. Before diving into the material, I think it is important to understand the goals, aspirations, and personality of a student so I can design lessons that are tailored specifically to the needs of the student and be a more effective tutor!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

My strategy to help a student become an independent learner is simply to let the student do the work. By giving control of the process to the student, I know I can encourage active learning and increase the student's self-confidence.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

From my experience tutoring, I have noticed that a high-quality relationship with a tutor whom the student respects is a key element of helping students develop intrinsic motivation. Some simple ways that I try to do this is by taking a genuine interest in my students, always being patient and friendly, being flexible with scheduling, and, of course, never giving up on my students.

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

I think the most important thing to help a student learn a difficult concept is first for the tutor to simplify the concept in their own mind and to keep asking themselves questions before turning to the student. This aims to really break down that concept in the tutor's mind, because the more you simplify it, the better you understand it and can teach it.

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

In order to help students that are struggling with reading comprehension, I teach them self-monitoring techniques. Self-monitoring is key for success in reading comprehension at all levels. Giving students some questions to ask themselves as they read is a great first step toward understanding.

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

Two strategies that I really focus on when I start to work with a student are to provide quality feedback early and often, and also to clarify the learning goals and style of the student.

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

In order to help engage a student in material they are struggling in, I would try to make the material meaningful to the student. In aiming for full engagement, it is essential that students perceive activities as being meaningful. To ensure that activities are personally meaningful, we can, for example, connect them with the student's previous knowledge and experiences, highlighting the value of an assigned activity in personally relevant ways.

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

One unique way to help students understand material is to actually encourage and reward them for making mistakes, and to let them fail early and often. Getting your students involved in the content and helping them experience it without fear or hesitation of failing can help them learn material better. If they fail or make mistakes along the way and are comfortable in doing so, they learn.

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

In order to boost a student's confidence in a subject, I try to set attainable goals from the start. This is a sure-fire way for students to feel a sense of accomplishment and see for themselves how much they have grown.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

In order to assess a student's needs, I tend to try and pause every few minutes to see whether the student is following along with the lesson. This helps to not only identify gaps in comprehension, but also to break up lessons in smaller, more manageable chunks.

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

In order to adapt my tutoring to student's needs, I would try to gauge how the student learns and responds best, and stick to those methods.

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

I will often use practice worksheets/questions and compiled lessons, either printed out or shown on a computer screen, depending on the preferences of the student.


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