My name is Dan and I am here to not only help you uncover the mysteries behind challenging mathematics and science concepts but also provide you with the study, organization, and test taking skills that earned me a 3.7 GPA, two degrees conferred cum laude (one in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, the other in Nutrition), and great distinction as a commonwealth honors scholar at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
I began working as a tutor ~5 years ago; I have worked as a science and math tutor for Korean exchange students, a reading mentor for Puerto Rican ESL students, and as a private tutor for high school through college students seeking help with courses (Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry) and test preparation (GRE Math, SAT Math).
I strive to make challenging concepts accessible and understandable by giving my students the tools they need to fuel their own learning and to teach them skills that will carry over into the whole of their academic lives. I focus not only on teaching concepts and course materials, but how to use educational resources and learn independently. My goal is to leave my students with the skills they need to take control of there own learning so that by the time we are done, they no longer need me!
In addition to my experience with a variety of students, I bring a unique practical knowledge of science and math. I have worked as a researcher in both Academic and Government labs, including a highly competitive National Institutes of Health fellowship. Collectively I have co-authored 3 scientific papers.
I believe you will find me very accommodating and willing to help you achieve your goals. I pride myself in teaching in a stress free environment, where no judgements are passed. I am here 100% to help YOU, and I am firmly committed to doing so.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Massachusetts Amherst - Bachelors, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Nutrition
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Great teaching comes from not only having a solid knowledge base for the subject in question, but also being a strong communicator. I always try to see the world from the student's point of view and explain the material in a way that is meaningful to him or her.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, we should discuss your goals and decide how we can accomplish them. It's important to get a feel for what you need help or are struggling with, and why. Then we can focus on learning the material and boosting your knowledge and confidence.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation and success go hand in hand. Everyone is capable of success; some just need a hand, or need to learn in a different way than what the classroom offers. Effective private tutoring from a patient and knowledgeable teacher yields results, and that feeling of success almost always translates into motivation for more.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Employing multiple teaching and learning strategies is the best way to learn new skills. Students need to engage with challenging concepts through reading, writing, seeing (videos) and more to gain a deep understanding. Having a patient, empathetic, and knowledgeable tutor to help you identify not only your mistakes but also your successes, can help you overcome challenging barriers.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The best strategy is to be on the same page as the student in terms of goals, and then you can chart a course for achievement. It also helps to gauge how a student learns, and why they are struggling. Addressing these problems leads to long-term success.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Engaging students in conversation about a subject, or having them answer questions, is the best way to gauge understanding. Often times, I will have a student play the role of teacher and teach me a concept. If you can teach a subject and answer questions about it, you definitely understand it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Honest, open, and understanding discussion is the best way to understand a student's needs. Additionally, careful evaluation of their progress is a great way to verify how best to help them.