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I have been helping students understand calculus, improve their reading comprehension, and excel on assignments and tests for more than five years. I strive to not only prepare students to exceed academic standards but also to be critical thinkers and curious, well-informed human beings. I recently completed a dual degree at Indiana University and moved to New York to take a gap year before beginning graduate school. As a scholarship student at IU, I majored in economics, cognitive science, and piano performance. Outside of tutoring, you can find me playing or teaching piano, doing jigsaw puzzles, watching TED talks, running, or trying a new food or cooking technique.

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Rebecca’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University-Bloomington - Bachelors, Economics and Mathematics (interdepartmental), Cognitive Science, Music Performance

Test Scores

SAT Math: 770

Hobbies

Classical music and jazz, logic and jigsaw puzzles, food (cooking, trying new things), behavioral economics, organizational psychology, running, soccer,

Tutoring Subjects

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Music Theory

Applied Mathematics

Art

Biology

Business

Business Calculus

Business Statistics

Calculus

CLEP Prep

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Precalculus

College Algebra

College Biology

College Business

College Economics

Conversational French

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Discrete Math

Econometrics

Economics

English

Finite Mathematics

French

French 2

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

Geometry

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Quantitative

High School Biology

High School Business

High School Economics

High School English

High School Writing

Homeschool

Homework Support

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematics

IB Music

Intermediate Algebra

College Math

Languages

Latin 1

Math

Neuroscience

Other

Personal Finance

Pre-Calculus

Probability

PSAT Mathematics

Quantitative Reasoning

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Trigonometry


Q & A

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

A first session will begin with a brief light-hearted conversation to allow the student to share their personal stories as well as goals for tutoring. This is also designed to boost the student's motivation and develop his/her trust in me as a tutor. The session will include some pop quiz questions to assess the student's current understanding. With the remaining time, we will dive into the curriculum that the school or testing board uses or that the student wishes to cover outside of academic requirements.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

My father often told me that the purpose of school is "to learn how to learn." I am a firm believer of this and, as such, I do not spoon feed students during sessions but rather guide them to figure out how to answer their own questions and solve their own problems. Thus, I focus not only on what to do, but how and why to do it. One of the most significant drivers of independent learning is curiosity, and this is one of the primary traits I aim to cultivate in students.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Learning and performing academically are both arts and sciences. As a cognitive science major in college, I studied the hard science of how humans learn: reinforcement, attention, pattern recognition, etc. The "art" is not to be underestimated though: this includes things like motivation, talent, response to pressure and stress, etc. As a tutor, I focus on both these aspects of learning and succeeding both in short-term goals like one assignment or longer-term goals like increasing an SAT score or gaining admission to a selective college.

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

I would relate the concept to one that they already know (i.e. using an analogy) and then point out the similarities and differences. This will help them understand this challenging concept in the context of their other knowledge. Another approach I would use is to combine the big picture with the details. For instance, many concepts that students find confusing can actually be described in one non-technical English sentence. This basic understanding then helps students see how the details fit together rather than just memorizing them. Not to be overlooked, I focus on strengthening students' confidence and motivation throughout the sessions, as these become even more important when students face challenging concepts.


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