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I studied at Hunter College, majored in math. I have been tutoring since I was 16 years old (I'm currently 24 years old). I began tutoring while in high school, helping kids in all subjects. After high school I had several different jobs and internships, but would tutor in my spare time at tutoring centers around Brooklyn.

My method of teaching goes beyond just understanding the topic at hand. I like to focus on teaching the fundamental concept. This is important (especially in math), because if a student only learns how to solve one specific problem, they aren't learning math. They're only repeating steps.
By teaching the fundamentals, they can solve all types of problems, analyze on their own, and grow as students.

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Mehdi’s Qualifications

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Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Hunter College - Bachelor of Science, Mathematics


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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

With hard work and an open mind, the possibilities are endless.

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

Get to know the student and try to pinpoint exactly what they are having trouble with.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Making them feel good about the progress they made and the new stuff they learned.

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

Try to explain the concept in a different way. I learned that a new perspective can help a lot.

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

Start off with a small article and eventually move up to the level of where the student should be.

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

Starting from a place where they feel comfortable and moving on from there.

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

Relate it to the real world & to the student’s world.

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

First, I would give them examples right after I taught them the technique. Second, I would give them something similar but a bit harder. Then, I would give them homework. Finally, I'd review the homework at the next session and give them more problems to make sure they fully understood.

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

Show them they can do it. Answering even the most simple questions correct, builds confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Look at their overall skill set and assess their weaknesses.

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

I'm very flexible with teaching. If I am on a topic and the student doesn't understand a concept needed to work on this topic, I take some time to explain that concept before going back to the original topic.

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

Different worksheets, past tests, iPad (for visual), and traditional pen and paper.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Start them off slowly. Like teaching someone to ride a bike. Hold on to them at first and start letting go slowly, once you see the student has enough knowledge, motivation, and confidence.

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