I am a senior at New York University studying Finance, Statistics, and Computer Science. I have been tutoring for almost five years at the high school and test prep level and I love the mentoring experience! I believe whole-heartedly in a multi-faceted approach to learning and strive for depth of practice as well as breadth of knowledge. I am well trained in all of the subjects I have listed on my profile, whether through tutoring experience or academic and professional exploration. High school sciences have been a strength of mine since taking the AP exams in high school. Through tutoring, I have kept up to date with changes in the exam and curriculum. My proudest moment was when one of my Honors Chemistry students achieved a 13 point increase in grading from the first quarter of the school year - from 83 to 96. Through my professional and undergraduate education, I am intensely familiar with finance, accounting, comp science, and economics.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Current Undergrad, Finance and Statistics
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1560
SAT Math: 770
SAT Verbal: 740
SAT Writing: 800
AP Chemistry: 5
AP Calculus BC: 5
AP Statistics: 5
AP Physics B: 5
AP English Literature: 5
AP English Language: 5
AP US History: 5
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800
SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 770
SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 800
SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 750
AP Macroeconomics: 5
AP Microeconomics: 5
Sports, Video games, Healthy Lifestyle, Skiing/Snowboarding, Skating
College Computer Science
High School Accounting
High School Business
High School Chemistry
High School Computer Science
High School Economics
High School Physics
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
The tenets of my approach to tutoring are three: Planning, Patience, and Depth. I prepare my curriculum and practice problems after doing a thorough reading of the subject syllabus. I plan according to the timeline of test taking in order to best prepare my students. I believe that sometimes students take different approach to learning than others, and so emphasize patience in teaching new test taking strategies or concepts. Finally, I believe that my depth of knowledge as a tutor must be strong enough to support most if not all questions asked on the subject matter. I am not afraid to admit I'm wrong and use the technology and tools available to us though!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know him and his background better, and plan with him a syllabus. I would then dive into a first lesson to gauge understanding.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
To become an independent learner, I would introduce other disciplines and show the cross relevancy of a particular topic. Then I would encourage several attempts at problems before looking at the solution.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
To stay motivated, a tutor needs to maintain a positive attitude and high energy. The tutor should also encourage reflection after failure.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty, try as many different ways of explaining it as possible. Then, if I were teaching a science or computer class, I would do a practical lab to demonstrate the concept. If I were teaching economics or finance, I would use real-life current events as examples.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I ask them to read short news passages about the real world, underline misunderstandings, and give a quick summary to me. Reading comprehension is largely practice.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The strategies I found most successful were careful planning and mutual understanding. It is important to be patient with a new student and evaluate his/her needs before diving in.