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I am a great tutor because I am excited to share knowledge, yet patient and understanding of different students. As a college student, I was a peer counselor, in which I empathetically and nonjudgmentally provided emotional support to others who were struggling with an issue. With these skills, I am comfortable with leading a student through academic material while minimizing frustration and confusion. Furthermore, my undergraduate training in human development allows me to confidently work with others whom are different ages and cultures. These skills help me communicate with a diverse population and serve as positive support through academic challenges.

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Steven’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Cornell University - Bachelors, Human Development

Graduate Degree: Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences - Masters, Biomedical Sciences

Test Scores

SAT Math: 800

SAT Writing: 770


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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is that I haven't truly taught students until they can construct their own understanding of the material. To do this, I articulate my explanations in different ways until my students discover something that logically fits their own thought process. Once the new concept clicks, I can then get it to stick through practice problems.

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

In first sessions with students, I always try to assess skill levels by asking with basic questions and, if appropriate, leading them into advanced questions until I find an opportunity to extend their knowledge. In this way, I can keep students engaged and curious to learn.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

My role as a tutor is to ensure students have a framework of skills to attempt new and challenging problems. With leading questions and hints, I can get students to fill in the blanks and construct their own thought process. I believe this helps build confidence in their ability to learn and solve problems.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

If a student is unmotivated to learn, I would tap into previously mastered knowledge to get them thinking and confidently answering questions. I would praise and reassure to the student's success and then take the skills to the next step.

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