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Peter

I am currently majoring in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, under the Presidential Scholars Distinction Program. My hobbies include playing sports such as Soccer, Basketball, Football, Tennis and Track and Field. I also love playing the guitar in my spare time and love spending time with my family and friends. Further, I love learning about new cultures and languages; I am able to speak three languages fluently.
My goal as a tutor is to provide students with the utmost comfortability in asking questions and learning to their full potential without any hesitation or concern about answering a question incorrectly, after all, in order to learn we all make mistakes. Initially, I seek to understand the learning styles of all of my students and how they feel most comfortable learning. This way, each tutoring session is as efficient and productive as possible for the students.
As a college student, I have very recent experience dealing with standardized test preparation, including SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, and AP Exams. I have six years of tutoring experience as a private tutor, as well as on behalf of the National Honors Society and National Language Honors Society. I hope to not only transcend students to their peak academic performance, but also serve as a guiding mentor as well. I look forward to working with you!

Undergraduate Degree:

Boston University - Current Undergrad, Biomedical Engineering

SAT Composite: 2280

SAT Math: 800

SAT Verbal: 710

SAT Writing: 770

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 750

Soccer, Basketball, Football, Guitar, Biking, Playing Cards

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am a very patient teacher, always looking to understand my student's needs before I begin teaching. I aim to allow my students to be as comfortable as possible in asking questions, enabling them to truly learn. I work in detail and will not quit until my students are one hundred percent clear on the material.

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

I will get to know the student on an academic and personal level; trying to understand what their academic preferences are, and what they feel most comfortable with. Then, I will identify their learning style.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will teach them my own personal study strategies from experience. Further, I will lead them in the direction of creating study plans and goals.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will remind them of the rewards of doing well in school as far as the academic benefits, monetary benefits, and inspire them to learn.

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

I will begin from the start and look at the fundamentals of that topic with that student. I will urge them to ask as many questions as possible until they fully understand the material.

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

I will break apart each sentence from each paragraph and look at the function of each sentence. I will attempt to help them look for the overarching themes of an article, in practice understanding general arguments of a reading.

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

Working together as a team with a student that is being tutored is vital. This way the student feels as if they are on your team, working towards a common goal.

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

First, remind them that they are not alone. Then, notify them of the benefits of being comfortable in that subject. Finally, tell them everyone struggles at one point, and practice makes perfect.

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

Engaging with students is very important, so back and forth in dialogue during a session is key. One tactic includes allowing the student to finish a sentence that I begin, telling me that they are engaged and understanding of the material.

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

Begin with more simple and fundamental questions that can build confidence, and gradually work upwards.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Begin by giving them a diagnostic set of problems to evaluate their level.

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

Upon understanding the student's learning style, we can cater to their learning approach and expedite their learning process.

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

I use pencil and paper, and of course, electronically, a digital version of a pencil and paper.