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Goutam

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I am a graduate of the University of California- San Diego with a degree in Human Biology. In June 2016, I will apply to dental school and hopefully begin in Fall 2017. Prior to beginning dental school, I plan to tutor students in the sciences so that they can excel in their classes.
My experience in tutoring began during high school, where I served as a teacher's assistant (TA) for biology and also as a private tutor for calculus, ACT, and SAT subject tests. Once college began, I continued to tutor privately, but expanded to include chemistry and the dental admissions test (DAT). Additionally, I worked as an on-campus chemistry tutor to help students from underprivileged backgrounds.
My main motivation to tutor comes from the joy I feel when my students reach their academic goals. I believe that education is the key to success and I want to do my part to help others achieve their ambitions. As a tutor, I am very patient, prepared, and explain concepts in simple terms. When teaching, I show students how to do a problem, ask them to do one, and then have them teach it to me so that the concepts are reinforced.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, playing tennis, playing basketball, surfing, or exploring the city with friends. In the future, I hope to travel more internationally so that I can say I have visited all 7 continents.

Goutam’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelors, Human Biology

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 30

ACT English: 30

ACT Math: 35

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 720

DAT Perceptual Ability: 24

DAT Quantitative Reasoning: 25

DAT Reading Comprehension: 22

DAT: 24

Hobbies

Hiking, tennis, surfing, and cooking

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Math

Algebra

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

Biochemistry

Biology

Chemistry

College Biology

College Chemistry

DAT

DAT Perceptual Ability

DAT Quantitative Reasoning

DAT Reading Comprehension

DAT Survey of the Natural Sciences

Graduate Test Prep

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Honors Chemistry

Math

Microbiology

Other

Pre-Algebra

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am a patient tutor who shows the student how to do a problem, allows them to do one, and then I have them teach me to reinforce their knowledge.

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

I would talk to the student to see what they want out of tutoring and how I can best help them. We would then plan out a schedule and go from there.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help them become confident and give them resources to help them achieve their goals. My teaching style allows students to think critically, and independently, so they will learn on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would remind them that the end goal is worth it and that this is just a minor obstacle in the way. I like to tell my students that they should put their best foot forward because even if they do not succeed, at least they tried.

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

I would connect a concept to a real life example or use diagrams to help them visualize it.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

For students who are struggling with reading comprehension, I go through the books with them and help them think as I do line by line.

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

See one, do one, and teach one is very successful with students I work with.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

To get a student to become engaged in a subject they're struggling in, I would explain to them that although there are times when we face obstacles, we shouldn't get discouraged and we should always make our best effort. I want to emphasize that it is more than learning the content, it is about how one carries themselves.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

After explaining the material to a student and walking through with them, I would ask them to explain the problems to me and question them on why they're doing each step.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I would start off by doing easier problems and walking them through it and then having them solve those on their own. Slowly, I would increase the difficulty while simultaneously making them solve problems more independently. Once they can solve it on their own, I'd explain how they are now doing it right most of the time for difficult problems.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would look over the content and ask the student basic-difficult questions to see where their level is. I would also ask a student what he/she needs help on and also what specifically they struggle with.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

If a student is more visual, I draw more to explain concepts. Other students may need more explanations so I would constantly answer their questions and ask them it (in a reworded way) so that it is reinforced. Overall, I try to find out how a student learns best and teach in a way that can correspond to that learning method.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use the student's workbook (if any), the textbook, any problems given as homework for the student, and my college textbooks for additional problems. I also sometimes use the computer for more problems if needed.