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.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Brown University - Current Undergrad, Materials Engineering
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1580
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 750
Music, piano, theater
College Application Essays
HSPT Language Skills Prep
HSPT Math Prep
HSPT Quantitative Prep
HSPT Verbal Prep
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Technology and Computer Science
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.