As someone who has always embraced tutoring and the opportunity to further grow students through through this practice, I know I am the best tutor available to help achieve your goals. I believe that my background and analytical capabilities can bring value to you in a critical period in your life.
Many people believe tutoring to just be a job. Its implications do not have an impact beyond a test or course. Still others believe that tutoring is about solely sharing materials or just giving instructions. This is where I fundamentally differ in approach. For every student that I tutor, there are not just tricks to be learned on a test, but there are concepts and ideas to be understood. My approach has always been a blend of strategy and relationship. To solely teach technique is to strip the student of any ability to tackle original problems. To merely focus on concepts is to starve a student of the efficiency needed to demonstrate skills students have to educational institutions. Both technique and knowledge must be instilled in every student to truly prepare students for standardized tests, but also their academic careers afterwards. Finally, I believe the glue to all this is the relationship between the tutor and student. Over the years, my patience, fortitude, and understanding have been tested and sharpened as I've taught every new kid with their unique challenges. These attributes are absolutely critical to the trust that must be developed to facilitate education.
My approach has worked with absolutely undeniable results. Students taking the PSAT and SAT have found their numbers jump beyond what they could have expected. But beyond these tests, there is an underlying indicator I must share. Often times, students are in need of teachers because of their lack of interest in the topic. Through my time and effort, there have been many students who have come to love the subjects learned. So much so, that they continued to want to grow their understanding of the materials. For example, I have gone on to train students to compete in prestigious regional, state, and national mathematics competitions. This could not be possible with the philosophy of just "teaching the test". Teaching the concepts to the greatest extent students could understand led to a love of learning that, I can proudly say, still drives their academic careers to this day. Using this approach, their love of learning grows and their test scores always follow.
It is my belief that a commitment to continual learning and utilizing my approach is what makes me the strongest candidate to be your tutor. It means nothing if a candidate can merely teach about a test, but cannot relate to you. Similarly, limited value can be derived if a candidate can explain problems and solutions, but can not analyze or come up with solutions. I am confident that I can sufficiently do both and help you excel. I know you need to pass a test or receive a certain score. More likely than not, you are in a critical part of your life. Let my experience and approach be the driving force to help you achieve the results you need!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Chicago - Bachelors, Economics
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What is your teaching philosophy?
My personal approach to teaching has always revolved on the potential of the student and the quality of the training and practice provided by the tutor. I know that teaching cannot work with a cookie cutter approach. Every student has his or her unique challenges, and tutoring is ineffective unless those challenges are identified and tailored solutions are created. I expect you to come in and give a hundred percent towards practice and training, and I guarantee I will provide the solutions that you need. Together, we can achieve the results you need!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In our first session, I will administer a practice test and diagnose the strengths and weaknesses you have. From there, I will prioritize concepts and types of questions based on how common the types of questions are in the test you will take. On the first day, we will start going through types of questions and the solutions one by one.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe the way to support and grow a student to becoming an independent answer comes from helping him or her understand the approach and not just the answer. Teaching the answer to the test is giving the student the final product without the tools needed to get there. By teaching the approach to the solution and explaining the fundamental assumptions and steps, the answers to questions become logical. At that point, the student is more able to use the tools for him or herself to solve unique problems.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by contextualizing the test. The first way would be to help the students understand what the consequences are for doing well on the test and not. It may be that students have not had so much of their future dependent on a single test. It’s impossible for them to completely understand what a good score means. This is something I went through and I can communicate very clearly to them The other way I would help a student stay motivated is to show them the elegance and rationale in these questions. Often times, these test questions may be seen as boring. However, by teaching the approach to the solution to these questions, the pieces to the puzzle and how they come together become apparent. It’s cool to see previous students notice how “neat” math can be and pursue the field further in their educational endeavors.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If students have difficulty learning a concept, I have come to realize the best way to approach the problem is from another angle. For example, the vast majority of math problems can be solved algebraically or geometrically. Further, most people tend to prefer one way of analysis to the other. By showing the other side of things, students have seen very positive results.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence does not come from a trick. Confidence does not come with chance. Confidence only comes from guided practice. Fortunately, it is as simple as that. I will provide you all the guided practice you need to excel.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Adaptation to the needs of students starts with listening to the thought processes of these students. By asking a student to explain how he or she worked through the steps towards a solution, I can understand whether he or she is simply missing a step or misunderstanding a concept completely.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session, I will most likely bring practice problems or books, pencils and paper. I will bring graph paper/calculators if needed.