I am currently an engineering student at Columbia University. My favorite subjects to tutor are math, physics and introductory Chinese, as well as SAT prep. I know how stressful standardized testing can be, and therefore I hope to help my students prepare both academically and mentally, introducing them to new ways of thinking about problems that will make the questions easier to answer correctly.
My teaching style is heavily based on understanding. Although there are many little tricks that can be taught to help students correctly answer math problems, these tricks often come at the cost of true understanding. Only when a student truly knows the material with a certain amount of depth will he/she be able to answer the most challenging questions.
Outside of class, my interests are music and sports. I've played the drums for over eight years, and making music is one of my favorite hobbies. I also closely follow baseball and football, and enjoy playing basketball for fun.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelors, Engineering
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1590
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 770
SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 800
SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1: 800
Music, sports, sustainability
What is your teaching philosophy?
I always stay positive. If a student is confused, I consider it my fault, and instead of getting frustrated I will seek out alternative explanations and analogies.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, it is important for me to not only gauge the level of understanding the student has, but to connect with the student on a personal level and develop mutual respect.