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Marty

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I am a recent graduate of Brown University, and I majored in Materials Science & Engineering. Outside of engineering, I am passionate about math, science, music, and theater. I particularly love learning, studying, and helping others with math - I find it rewarding when I'm able to help either myself or another through a complicated math problem or concept. The most interesting part of my education in engineering has been seeing how well I am able to adapt my engineering education to solve problems in other walks of life. I hope to impart this concept on my students - that once skills are learned they do not need to be used only in their given context. Most skills can be applied to a variety of situations - this is hard to see in a test-taking situation, but I try to bring it to light (especially for students who may not believe math is necessary to succeed). As previously noted, outside of schoolwork, I am very passionate about composing and recording music, especially scoring for film and video games.

Marty’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Brown University - Current Undergrad, Materials Engineering

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2350

SAT Math: 800

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 750

Hobbies

Music, piano, theater

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

Calculus

Calculus 2

Calculus 3

College Algebra

College Application Essays

Competition Math

Conversational French

English

English Grammar and Syntax

French

French 1

French 2

Geometry

HSPT Prep

HSPT Language Skills Prep

HSPT Math Prep

HSPT Quantitative Prep

HSPT Verbal Prep

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Upper Level

Languages

Materials Science

Math

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Multivariable Calculus

Other

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

PSAT Writing Skills

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Spelling Bee

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Upper Level

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that every student can solve any problem, but each student may have a different way of reaching the solution. So, I try to find the best way for each particular student to reach the solution.

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

I would try to figure out how the student thinks about the subject material before any tutoring - how do they approach the problems? Could they benefit from a different approach? Ideally, I would try multiple approaches to the same problem with a student to see what works best for them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Allow the student to come to the answer to a problem (or to a method of approaching the problem) by him or herself through asking of questions, rather than spoon-feeding the answer/solution.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I tell the student to think of how great it will feel when they finally get that great test score! I also personally like to use chocolate or some other kind of treat as a motivator. For example - one piece of chocolate every 10 problems.

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

Most often, I will try to use analogy to find the student a more accessible way of learning each difficult concept.

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

When starting to work, I work through several problems, letting the student take the lead, so that I can best understand their problem-solving process.