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I love tutoring. Since early elementary school I have found joy in helping my fellow students understand course material. Math and science (especially algebra and chemistry) are my favorite subjects to tutor. I want nothing more than to make the educational process easier for those who find the journey challenging- and have fun while we do it! I am so lucky to have so many amazing students to work with, and I can’t wait to add you or your student to that list. I look forward to working with you!

Be’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: North Carolina State Univeristy - Current Undergrad, Political Science and Government

Hobbies

Tennis, Volunteering, Politics, Music

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

ACT Math

Adult Literacy

Algebra

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP US Government

AP US History

Art History

Cell Biology

Chemistry

Civics

College Biology

College Chemistry

Discrete Math

Ecology

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

General Biology

General Chemistry

Geometry

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

GRE Subject Tests

High School

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Molecular Biology

Molecular Genetics

Other

Pre-Algebra

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Trigonometry

US History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I try to see what they are specifically struggling with. It's easy to just say, "he's not good at math," or "she just doesn't get it," but it's much harder to identify the root problems. Some students who don't do well in algebra become confused because of the introduction of letters in equations.

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

I would usually start out with getting a general understanding of what the student is like in the classroom. Does she get easily distracted, does she focus on her notes, and can she remember what she learned in class a week ago? These can help me figure out what kind of student she is. From there, we can work on whatever she's going over in class, and just get an overview of what the near future would look like.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I always encourage students to create a vocabulary list if they don't have one already. Sometimes there are terms that a student is trying to communicate to a tutor but they do not have the correct jargon to do so. I think being able to properly communicate what you're learning and thinking is the best foundation for healthy learning. If a student understands the vocabulary, he becomes more confident asking questions, and those questions will lead to him expanding his learning environment.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

It can be very difficult to stay motivated when you're constantly doing poorly in a class. I know this firsthand, and I often like to go over my future options and keep a clear head. There is always a chance for redemption, whether it's some kind of extra credit, or just doing better in the future. There is always a chance to improve. Pointing out little improvements in a student's work or genuinely showing excitement when they correctly answer a question can really lift their spirits.

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

If the student has gone over the concept a few times and still has trouble with it, I like to put the book down for a minute and focus on something else: maybe move on to another problem with a similar, but slightly easier foundation. Later we'll come back to the concept from a different viewpoint, and I'll try explaining it in a different way. That may be with a drawing, or with different words, or with some kind of metaphor.

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

Reading comprehension is all about expanding your vocabulary. Honestly, I used to read dictionaries when I was a kid (I know, I'm the complete opposite of cool). But for people who don't have a vast vocabulary, reading comprehension can be difficult. I have to make sure the student understands the tone of the passage first. Certain words can imply a certain mood, and that can make even words that a student doesn't understand seem clear.

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

It is so important to make sure you are teaching with the student in mind and not the material per se. There is no reason for you to strictly stay on topic if that is not going to help the student. If you are talking about reciprocals and the student doesn't really understand fractions, go over fractions first! Don't move on until the student is truly ready for the next section, and don't be afraid to look for practice problems and information outside of that textbook!

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

An individual subject may not seem that exciting, but when you look beyond and see what people in those fields are doing with their careers, it becomes so exciting. I used to never be interested in foreign policy or history, but after seeing a piece of legislation that affected me go through the entire process, that was amazing to me. Now I'm majoring in political science! That experience, seeing that subject in action, changed how I saw that topic, and I believe that can happen for many other students.

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

It is imperative that a student understands the roots before they can master the branches. If a student is really struggling, I take a step back and make sure they understand the step before the one we are on. If they're struggling there too, I keep moving back until we can identify the problem. Then, we can move forward.

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

Usually just doing better and seeing better grades in a subject makes a student more confident. But, if he is feeling very anxious, I would assure him that there are other options. Even if he does poorly in this class, there are ways to rectify that. Just saying those words can really take the stress off of a student's shoulders, and that can have a positive effect on their learning.

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

I will use anything that will help a student learn. With a parent's permission, I have taken kids down to the lake so they can understand surface tension of water and do experiments on marine plant life. My father is a math tutor at Shaw University and has piles and piles of math books I can go through to see if something would better help my student. My mother teaches special education at an elementary school and has shown me many useful websites and handbooks for special education students. If we have to go to a crowded place and ask people to participate in a survey to get information to write a research paper, we will do that. If we have to build a tower out of toothpicks and gum, we will do that. Any feasible learning experience is on the table.

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

My tutoring style changes depending on my student. If my student gets easily distracted, we may move a little faster and get a little off topic, but not so much that we can't come back. If my student is very anxious, we may go over a subject a few times to make sure he really gets it and can do it on his own.