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Mike

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I got my undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, and am working on my Master's degree from NYU in microbiology now. I have been a TA (teaching assistant) for courses in both undergraduate and graduate settings and worked with students both in groups and individually.

Obviously from my background, my strongest subjects are any science or math related subjects at any level. I tutor any science including biological sciences (biology, ecology, genetics, immunology, pathology, human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, neuroscience and others), as well as other science courses including chemistry courses and physics courses, in addition to earth science. I also tutor math, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry. I can also help write papers and proofread for errors and content of any subject, and help write lab reports.

I am comfortable tutoring students of any age and at any speed. I can go as slow as the student needs to, and I excel at teaching through explanations of why to help give a solid understanding of the topic rather than just feeding information to memorize.

I like to read, especially fantasy, and I enjoy drawing, graphic design, and going to the beach on my spare time. I also enjoy a night watching Netflix and spending time with friends. I am comfortable to be around because I am friendly and can make people laugh and feel relaxed. I look forward to helping you with your schoolwork in a friendly and relaxed environment!

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Mike’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus - Bachelors, Biolgical Sciences

Graduate Degree: New York University - Masters, Biological Sciences

Hobbies

reading, computers, traveling, TV shows

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

Anatomy

Anatomy & Physiology

Arithmetic

Astronomy

Basic Computer Literacy

MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

Biology

Cell Biology

Chemistry

College Application Essays

College Biology

College Chemistry

College Physics

Developmental Biology

Earth Science

Ecology

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

Endocrinology

Epidemiology

Essay Editing

Evolution

Evolutionary Biology

General Biology

General Chemistry

Graduate Level Biology

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

High School

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Physics

High School Writing

Homework Support

Immunology

Intermediate Algebra

Life Sciences

Math

Medicine

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Molecular Biology

Neuroscience

Other

Pharmacology

Physical Science

Physics

Physiology

Plant Biology

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in explaining the "why" rather than only the "what," and avoiding boring, straightforward fact memorization.

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

I will introduce myself and get to know you. It's important to have some time to be friendly so that you and I can work together better. I will then find out what subject and what areas you are struggling in and go over them with you so that you begin to understand them. If you are still struggling, I will develop a personalized teaching plan and goals for you for any future sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

My teaching philosophy does this through teaching the "why" rather than only fact memorization or doing the work for the student without any actual help. In addition, I can teach study skills and organizational skills that can help the student in every subject, and help them understand any topic better independently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I help the student stay motivated by avoiding frustrating them or overwhelming them by breaking difficult topics down into manageable pieces that the student is comfortable with. Once the student sees they can actually understand the topic, it makes them feel motivated and empowered to understand it further.

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

I would teach the student at a slower pace and break the topic down into pieces that were manageable so the student wouldn't become frustrated or overwhelmed. I would make sure the student has confidence in himself or herself so they learn the topic effectively.

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

Socializing to break the ice with a student in the beginning helps them to be able to focus on the work, rather than being nervous about their performance or feeling "stupid" or embarrassed about needing help in front of a stranger.

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

By explaining in terms they understand and relating to topics they are interested in so they understand the importance of the subject, rather than just making them memorize information with no basis.

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

I would use practice questions after the student feels he or she understands the material, and see how they do on it. From there, I would see if they can do the questions on their own, and if not, help them more until they can.

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

By teaching them the subject and the issues they are struggling with, and showing them that with practice and some teaching they are able to perform the difficult questions on their own.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By both asking them and reviewing their past assignments in the subject, and seeing what kinds of questions they struggle with on exams or homework as marked by the teacher. It is also important to listen to the student and see what they feel they need help understanding.

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

The pace of tutoring and starting point of a topic will vary widely from student to student depending on their other strengths, age and background. It is important to use this information to tailor the tutoring to the student because one technique does not work for everyone.

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

Pencils and paper, laptops or tablets, calculators and colored pens or pencils are all utilized to help a student understand a topic.

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

I will go over what the student read and have them explain to me what a sentence or paragraph means to them. If they can't or it is incorrect, then I can explain, even sentence by sentence, what the meaning is so they can feel more confident going forward.

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