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Bobby

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I am a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Since I first tutored about six years ago, it has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy making connections with students and helping them succeed. I believe that any student has the capacity for greatness; sometimes they simply require the right push. As a tutor it is my mission to help every student reach his or her potential. I accomplish that by adapting my tutoring technique to the specific style of the student.

Mathematics has always been a subject that has come easily to me. Growing up I received A's in all my math classes, and for me, it just clicked. Thanks to my personal successes in math, tutoring math has also been something that has come easily to me. I have tutored Algebra 1, Calculus 1, and SAT Math. I feel especially confident tutoring SAT Math as I received a perfect score on that section of the exam. Because of my experience, skills, and passion in mathematics, I know that I can reach any student. I welcome any and all opportunities and am excited to meet some amazing students!

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Bobby’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh - Bachelors, Psychology

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 32

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 31

ACT Reading: 31

ACT Science: 30

SAT Math: 800

SAT Writing: 720

Hobbies

sports, music, cards, exercise

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Science

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Science

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Science

9th Grade Math

ACT Math

Algebra

Algebra 2

Arithmetic

College Algebra

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science

Geometry

High School Chemistry

Intermediate Algebra

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Science

Pre-Algebra

Psychology

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

Science

Social Sciences

Test Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to be whatever type of teacher the student needs. All students can succeed, but all are different. With the right style of tutoring, each student can reach his or her potential.

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

In a typical first session with a student, I believe it is necessary to identify the student's goals. What is it that they are trying to achieve? Do they have any upcoming tests or deadlines?

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

To help students become independent learners, I challenge them to become so familiar with the subject matter that they are eventually able to teach it to me.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

In order to help a student stay motivated, it is important to think about the bigger picture. Sure, one problem or one test might seem inconsequential, but by accomplishing these small feats, students are able to stay on track to graduate and attend college.

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

If a student is having difficultly, it is beneficial to come up with a new way of explaining the topic. It also helps to relate the topic to something the student is interested in. Lastly, something as simple as a five-minute break can work wonders.

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

Effective note taking is a great way to combat difficulties with reading comprehension. For mathematics, it helps to write down all that is given, and what you need to solve.

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

It is helpful to keep the student engaged. I like to relate problems to the interests of my students. That way not only am I helping them learn, but I am also getting to know them, which makes for a better and more comfortable tutoring environment.

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

By relating subjects to things that my students are interested in, students become more engaged.

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

Students become more confident in subjects when they are able to successfully solve problems without help. They then can trust themselves, without too much second-guessing. An effective technique here is to have the student teach the teacher.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

It is important to identify the goals of each student in order to identify the student's needs. Furthermore, by working with a student I am able to tell what areas they struggle with. I therefore know what we need to spend more time on.

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

Once I know the goal of a student, I can address my tutoring in order to satisfy that goal. If the student has a big test coming up, I know what we need to get done by that certain date.

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

I like to use practice problems, textbooks, practice tests, and my own problems.

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