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Marcus

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I am a graduate of Arizona State University. I received my two Bachelors of Science degrees in Biological Sciences (Animal Physiology and Behavior) and Political Sciences with a certificate in Civic Education. Since graduating, I have started working with the Denver Math Fellows helping close the opportunity gap for high need students by providing small group math instruction. I find the most excitement in tutoring middle school math and science, Algebra I, and General Biology. I find that for most students what makes any subject hard is being unable to use what you already know and not knowing how to tackle the subject. I want to help students by giving them multiple access points and allowing them to access whatever content they desire at their current level. I believe the most important way to help students learn in is to relate content to their current interests and future goals. In my spare time, I enjoy reading non-fiction about technology and neurobiology, hiking, watching sports (mainly football and basketball) and listening to jazz and classical music.

Marcus’ Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelors, Biological Sciences and Political Sciences

Test Scores

ACT Reading: 34

Hobbies

Neurobiology, comics, sports, hiking, jazz and classical music

Tutoring Subjects

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Science

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Science

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Science

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Science

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Science

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Science

9th Grade Math

Algebra

History

AP Biology

AP Environmental Science

AP Psychology

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP US Government

AP US History

AP World History

Biology

Cell Biology

College Biology

College Level American History

College World History

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science

Environmental Science

General Biology

General Chemistry

Genetics

Government

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School Level American History

High School World History

Life Sciences

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Science

Political Science

Pre-Algebra

Science

Social Sciences

Statics

Statistics

US Constitutional History

US History

World History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to find what works for each student, as every problem has multiple entry points and there is strategy or mnemonic for every one.

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

In a first session, it is important to establish how the student likes to learn and what strengths we can utilize for that subject.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The best way is to give strategies, examples and mnemonics.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would build up to what a student knows, so they can use what knowledge they already have to assist them in learning a concept or skill. One thing that helps is breaking things down into steps so the student can feel motivated by each part they learn.

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

I would find out what is troubling them and start back at what they do know, and go from there. It is all about empowering a student and getting them to access the material at the level of understanding they are currently at.

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

I help students with reading comprehension by using context clues, word roots, prefixes and suffixes.

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

What helps most is finding what strengths they have and what strategies that they are already using, so we can strengthen those strategies and leverage their strengths. A second strategy that is highly effective is finding more about them so we can incorporate those interests as much as possible.

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

I would connect it to their current interests or career goals. The best way to help a student is to get them to realize a functional use for their knowledge.

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

I would make sure that they are able to synthesize an example or an alternate possibility, especially in the cases of Math, Science, and Literature.

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

You allow them to first do problems or process examples that are fundamental to what you are trying to get them to understand. You then connect them to the current concept or skill so they can reference and build upon knowledge and always have an entry point.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I ask a couple questions that would allow an assessment of basic conceptual understanding as well as how they feel so they can self-monitor, and assess so they can become more confident and conscious of when they are learning and how much skill or knowledge they have attained.

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

I incorporate their interests and make sure we work up to the task or skill at hand, so as to minimize frustration and increase confidence and self-efficacy.

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

I like to use many tools, such as pre-prepped diagrams and mnemonics, as well as IM, audio and video conferencing. I think it is really important that the student does a majority of the talking and writing so they are learning and exercising their skills.