I am currently a student at Rutgers University studying psychology (Behavioral Systems and Neuroscience) as a major and chemistry as a minor or potential second major. As a sophomore, I am part of the inaugural class (Class of '19) of the Honors College at Rutgers University.
In my senior year of high school, I tutored students as part of my service as a member of the National Honor Society; however, I also tutored students after school at my middle school's Homework Club throughout all four years of high school. I personally enjoy tutoring science/math subjects: chemistry, physics, algebra all the way up to calculus, as well as SAT math and even writing.
My favorite subjects to tutor are chemistry, calculus, and SAT math. I personally enjoy chemistry much more than the other sciences, and I enjoy tutoring it for this reason. Oftentimes students have trouble grasping the abstract nature of chemistry and chemical theory, since you cannot actually see atoms and molecules interacting, but I am one who enjoys theory so I enjoy sharing my passion with other students eager to learn (if you're into quantum mechanics/quantum theory, don't be shy to start a conversation with me... I could go on for hours on that subject alone).
Math is almost like a second language to me; when I took AP Calculus AB, the transition from algebra-based math to calculus was tough but ultimately it clicked with me and I achieved a 5 on the AP test. I am in Multivariable Calculus (Calc 3) right now, and I enjoy helping my friends in Calculus 1 since I have been through it myself and I have a solid fundamental understanding of it. I enjoy SAT math partly because it is mainly a focus on analytical skills, as opposed to just raw math skills; the math involved is not hard, what is hard is understanding exactly what the question is asking and addressing that directly. I got a 2240 on my SAT with a perfect score in math so I can help any students struggling with the math section or even any students looking to sharpen their skills.
My teaching philosophy can be described as sort of a Socratic method type of teaching. I personally believe that you can illuminate the path for someone, but true understanding comes from within. It does the student no good if he/she is not able to personally reason through the solution and does not develop a fundamental understanding of the concepts and skills necessary. I like to help guide students on to the right answer, but encourage them to find the solution on their own.
Outside of school, I enjoy playing video games like FIFA in my dorm room; I am also part of an intramural soccer team that I play on with friends. I ride my longboard sometimes to class, but I enjoy taking a leisurely ride around campus on my board as well. Sometimes I'll bring my DSLR with me to take scenic pictures, as I am also an amateur photographer.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Current Undergrad, Cell Biology & Neuroscience
SAT Composite: 2240
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 710
SAT Writing: 730
Longboarding, soccer, basketball
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
In my mind, in order to truly understand something, you must be able to teach it to someone else. When I teach students, I like to make sure that they understand the material and do so by asking them to explain to me, what I taught them, as if they were they were the tutor and I was the student. If I can get my students to not only understand the material but also understand it well enough to teach someone else who may need help, then I've done well as a tutor.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I will try to learn about the student and their background so I can know a little bit about him or her personally. I try to learn which teaching style is appropriate for the student by observing the learning type of each student, whether it is visual, auditory, or kinesthetic.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I personally believe that you can illuminate the path for someone, but true understanding comes from within. It does the student no good if he/she is not able to personally reason through the solution and does not develop a fundamental understanding of the concepts and skills necessary. I like to help guide students on to the right answer, but encourage them to find the solution on their own. I find it effective when a student is able to come up with a solution on their own, after receiving guidance, rather than being given the answer and subsequently explained why the answer is what it is. This way, the student is able to understand the underlying mechanism for the problem and develop schemas for that category of problem solving.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbooks, review materials, practice problems, and worksheets.