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Olga

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As a former rhythmic gymnastics trainer for young girls and private tutor, I love to share my skills and knowledge in all areas of my expertise. I understand the patience that comes with explaining problems to or training a student who may have never seen the subject before or has been taught incoherently. I specifically love tutoring math and physics because I myself have witnessed teachers or professors who have unmotivated students to continue further studies in those subjects with the use of unclear and didactic teaching methods. Math and physics is not so scary! To me it was more like learning a new language. I finished my baccalaureate in physics with a math minor. I have also done very well on standardized tests, not strictly because of my analytical knowledge but mostly because of the test taking skills I have aquired. I hope to pass on these skills so students don't have to waste time retaking standardized tests and parents don't have to cover as many fees. I scored 790/800 on the math portion of the SAT on my first try! More importantly, I hope to pass on my love for math and physics, and show more students the hidden simplicity and beauty within the notoriously scary subjects.

Olga’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Hunter College - Bachelors, Physics

Test Scores

SAT Math: 700

SAT Math: 790

Hobbies

Reading, gymnastics, movies, math

Tutoring Subjects


Q & A

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

For the first session it is important to first make the student feel comfortable speaking and asking questions. I would ask the student about their previous courses and if there are any specific topics or problems they would like to go over. If not, I would start with a few simple problems of my choice in order to see how the student thinks and how much further we can move on.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

After explaining a topic or problem as a tutor, it is important to have the student do some problems while verbally explaining to me how they are working to ensure the student is not guessing, but fully understands the underlying concepts of the problems.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Not all students learn the same way. Especially with math, it is important to try many different methods and explanations in order to see how the student’s brain works. This is why tutoring is very helpful outside of the classroom, where teachers usually use one method and don't have time to explain differently to each student.