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Andrew

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I am a passionate writer, and my interests are wide-ranging: I have studied and written about prison education, cultural studies, and art criticism. My goal as a teacher is to help bring my love of composition, history, Chinese, and many other subjects to students who want to expand and solidify their own knowledge. I am also a contributing editor of the magazine Guernica where I work with writers on pieces about things like virtual reality, democratic activism in Russia, and the history of apartheid in Namibia.

Andrew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Cornell University - Bachelors, College Scholar — International Relations, Chinese, Comparative Literature

Graduate Degree: New York University - Masters, Journalism

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 1350

SAT Math: 650

SAT Verbal: 700

GRE Verbal: 161

Hobbies

Hiking with my dog; photography; swimming

Tutoring Subjects

History

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College World History

Comparative Literature

Conversational Mandarin

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

French 1

French 2

French 3

Geography

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Geography

High School World History

Homework Support

Languages

Literature

Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4

Other

Reading

SAT Reading

Social studies

Summer

Test Prep

US History

World History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that all students benefit from a personalized approach to learning. Teaching requires both a profound understanding of the subject matter on the part of the teacher, and an equally intense desire on the teacher's part to find the most effective way of working with a given student. I prefer to use Socratic methods in teaching; using questions as a way to delimit and build a student's knowledge is a highly adaptable tool.

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

At our first meeting, I like to determine the scope of what a student is trying to learn, and then begin to understand a student's educational stumbling blocks. We will discuss the student's personal goals, both for a given subject and for continuing their education beyond a given subject or grade level. I also like to set up a rough plan for how we're going to strengthen their performance, with more details added in the coming sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students must be self-motivated in order to master their course of study. By creating a learning plan based on a student's interests and educational goals, I try to help build a foundation for natural curiosity and confidence.