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It all started with the "Book Buddies" program at my local library on Long Island. Every Wednesday, after school, I would teach struggling elementary school readers how to love reading by helping them finish books and select ones of interest to them. Since then, I have continued to invest a lot of time in tutoring and teaching. In high school, I volunteered my time as a member of the National Honor Society and homework help with with my five younger siblings has always been my responsibility. Now as an undergraduate at The Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York, I tutor at the Math Center and am enthusiastic about tutoring with Varsity Tutors! What differentiates me from other tutors is my accommodating teaching style and adaptability. For those who cannot stand the subject they are struggling with, I show them the subject's relevance in their life. For those who need more in depth explanations, I show them derivations. Tutoring is not only a skill of mine, but a passion.

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Ariel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Macaulay Honors College - Current Undergrad, Applied Math

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1490

SAT Math: 710

SAT Verbal: 720

SAT Writing: 710


Cooking, jogging, playing my flute and volunteering at The Museum of Tolerance

Tutoring Subjects

3rd Grade

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

Advanced Placement Prep


Algebra 2

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC


College Algebra

Conversational Italian

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Homework Support




Middle School Math




SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language


Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe every student is capable of learning any subject as long as they are determined. As a tutor, I facilitate the learning process by proving the information relevant and applicable to students' lives.

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

A typical first session would include a balance of getting thoroughly acquainted, so that I have an idea of the student's interests and passions, and a short diagnostic exam depending on the student' needs.

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

I would try explaining the concept in a new way or based on the type of learner the student is, and show them a video or a step-by-step workout of a problem to help his/her understanding.

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