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"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." Yeats

I believe true learning takes place not when a student gets to the answer, but when the student understands the journey in getting to that answer. I guide students on a path of realization, helping students to find the answer themselves through an increased understanding in underlying concepts. This is what ultimately creates life-long learners, learners that do not shy away when presented with difficult problems. My goal is to always leave you not only with a better understanding and methods of approach, but also with a feeling of confidence in your newfound understanding.

I began teaching music 9 years ago and science/math 7 years ago. My experience has been with both private students as well as in group settings at various public schools. I have also taught English and Korean in Seoul, South Korea.

I have a Bachelor of Music and a B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in Biology; both degrees are with high academic honors. I am currently applying to medical school.

Zachary’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Memphis - Bachelors, Music (BM)/Biochemistry (BS)

Test Scores

ACT English: 32

ACT Math: 30

Hobbies

Music and science

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Math

Algebra

Algebra 2

Art

Biology

Chemistry

College Algebra

College Biology

College Chemistry

Geometry

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

IB Music

IB Music HL

IB Music SL

Korean

Languages

Math

Microbiology

Middle School Math

Music Theory

Organic Chemistry

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Science

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." --Yeats I believe true learning takes place not when a student gets to the answer, but when the student understands the journey in getting to that answer. I guide students on a path of realization, helping them to find the answer themselves through an increased understanding of the underlying concepts. This is what ultimately creates lifelong learners-- learners who do not shy away when presented with difficult problems. My goal is to always leave you not only with a better understanding and methods of approach, but also with a feeling of confidence in your newfound understanding. I began teaching music 9 years ago and science/math 7 years ago. My experience has been with both private students as well as in group settings at various public schools. I have also taught English and Korean in Seoul, South Korea. I have a Bachelor of Music and a B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in Biology; both degrees are with high academic honors. I am currently applying to medical school.

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

In a typical first session with a student, I would begin by establishing what the student's goals are. After determining what the student is seeking to accomplish, I would then determine what the student already knows, assess his/her weaknesses, and formulate a game plan. I would outline this to the student to ensure that I am helping the student in the way that he/she desires.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

It is only through focusing on the understanding of the core underlying concepts that a student can truly understanding their work and can thereby learn independently. That is, you cannot guide yourself in the dark without a flashlight; I will help you to see the importance of using "understanding" as your flashlight.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation is catalyzed by progress. If you are bogged down by one concept, perhaps we could move on to something else for a little while. Once you realize that you just needed a break on a certain concept, you will see that your understanding grows and that your motivation increases. Knowledge is power!

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

Identify what might be preventing the concept from "clicking." What gap in the student's knowledge or understanding is causing the discontinuity? Once this is identified, we must not be afraid to take a few steps backwards to really solidify the foundation of knowledge that we must use to build up to the concept that is causing the difficulty.

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

Break down all of the reading into smaller pieces. Being able to read in both big and little picture perspectives will help you to realize that reading comprehension is not that difficult at all! This comes with both practice and determination.

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

I always ask the student what he/she thinks we should do in starting the problem, and in all steps moving forward. When a student gives an answer, I always ask the student "Why?," even if their answer is correct. It is this "Why?" understanding that catalyzes success.

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

I would continually ask the student "Why?" It is this understanding that ultimately leads to long-term success.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By having the student explain their reasoning behind all of the steps of their work, I identify what the student knows, what the student does not know, and what the student thinks he/she knows but actually does not.

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

I take strong consideration into what the student is trying to accomplish. I try my best to provide teaching focused on what the student is seeking to accomplish, whatever that may be.

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

Practice problems, conceptual versions of practice problems (i.e. without numeric values, etc.), and lectures of the core concepts pertaining to those problems.

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

By showing the student that the concept is easy after first understanding (or correcting) the core underlying concepts, the student will begin to appreciate the subject in unexpected and refreshing ways.

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

By breaking each topic/problem into smaller pieces, and by applying small and large perspectives, students can more easily see that subjects only disguise themselves as difficult. Once student realize that these subjects are easy, their confidence will increase exponentially.