I am a graduate of Duke University with a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and Economics. I started tutoring in high school, working with Spanish-speaking ESL students in their native language as volunteer service. Due to my exceptional academic performance, family friends and members of my local church would often ask me to tutor their children, a request I would grant as much as my schedule allowed. My professional experience with tutoring only began in college, when I was hired as a teaching assistant for the Duke TIP summer program. After graduation, I worked for an international test prep company for two years. In addition to teaching classes on the SAT, ACT, and SAT II Subject Tests, I also provided private tutoring services in high school-level math, statistics, and physics.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Duke University - Bachelors, Biomedical Engineering
Elementary School Math
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Motivation, not talent, is the greatest factor to success. I try to promote a friendlier learning environment so that learning feels like less of a chore. By identifying the individual strengths and preferences of each student, I create a custom-tailored teaching approach which maximizes results while minimizing perceived effort.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would go over their recent tests with them to identify their problem areas. If tests are not available, then I would run them through a brief assessment of my own.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
All students have their own study habits, but sometimes these routines have gaps. Based on what is needed, I might get them into the habit of running more problem sets, or filling in "down" time by studying notes, or looking up answers to their questions on various online resources.