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I am currently a sophomore at Columbia University in the City of New York. I am pursuing a degree in Earth and Environmental Engineering with a concentration in Sustainability and Energy, and I am minoring in East Asian Studies (specifically, Japanese). After graduation, I plan on working in the renewable energy sector in either the United States or Japan.

From September 2014 through July 2015, I worked as a tutoring specialist for a company. I tutored students ranging in age from 13 to 50, in various subjects such as calculus and chemistry. While I enjoy tutoring students in all of the subjects I specialize in, I love tutoring students in physics (specifically, mechanics and waves). Physics is my favorite subject to tutor because while it is more difficult to demonstrate phenomena from other subjects such as organic chemistry, physics is a very prevalent science, so even by rolling my pencil off of a table, I can easily demonstrate physics concepts to my students.

For me, hearing "Oh, that makes so much more sense now!" from the students whom I tutor makes my job very rewarding because working with them to find the approach that best caters to their needs feels awesome. As a tutor, I always ensure that my students have a good qualitative understanding of the subjects they are struggling in before helping them with quantitative problems. For example, rather than simply telling my calculus students the formula for integration by parts, I first show them how it is derived so they acquire a good grasp of how it operates.

Outside of school, I really enjoy being involved with music. I love singing, playing the drums, piano, and guitar. My favorite genre of music is rock, so playing rock songs with a band has always been one of my favorite things to do.

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Shin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelor of Science, Earth and Environmental Engineering

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 34

ACT Math: 34

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 36


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10th Grade Writing

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ACCUPLACER College-Level Math

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra


ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills


ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

Advanced Placement Prep


Algebra 2


AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Chemistry

AP Japanese Language and Culture

AP Macroeconomics

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP US Government

AP US History





CLEP Calculus

CLEP Chemistry

CLEP College Algebra

College Algebra

College Business

College Chemistry

College English

College Essays

Drum and Percussion

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


Essay Editing

Foreign Language

General Chemistry

High School

High School Business

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

IB Chemistry

IB Chemistry SL





Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Non-Euclidean Geometry

Organic Chemistry



SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Subject Test in Japanese with Listening

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep


Social Studies

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Ensure that my students understand the theory/concepts pertinent to a topic before showing them how to solve quantitative problems.

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

Introduce myself, get to know the student's background, pinpoint the student's strengths and weaknesses in the subject she/he needs help with, and discuss how we will work together to strengthen any weaknesses.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teach the student good study habits he/she should practice.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would do my best to relate academics to his/her interests and remind the student that excelling in academics will lead to great rewards in the future.

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

I would do my best to understand why the student has difficulty learning the skill or concept, and work around that difficulty by providing a different way of learning about the topic.

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

I first work with them to identify the specific issues they're having with reading comprehension, then provide them with personal instruction on how to make improvements.

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

I first get to know my student personally by asking about his/her interests, hobbies, and aspirations. By doing so, I can connect with my student on a more personal level while tutoring. I then work with my student to identify the specific issues he/she is having in academics, and then work with her/him to make improvements.

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

I always try to relate the subject we're studying to something that my student is interested in, such as sports, music, and theater.

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

I try to ensure that my tutoring sessions are mutually engaging, so that I receive feedback from my student throughout sessions and so that I know whether or not he/she understands the material.

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

I ensure that my student fully understands the material prior to making him/her apply knowledge in practice problems. That way, he/she will be able to successfully complete all of the problems that were previously too difficult to solve.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By staying communicative with my student so that I always know where to focus my attention for him/her.

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

By getting to know my student well so that I can revise my teaching method according to what works best for my student.

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

Notes I had previously taken in the subject I'm tutoring in, standardized testing books, textbooks, videos, and photos.

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