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Zac

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I am a current sophomore at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. I am studying Human and Organizational Development, a major that teaches students how to identify and solve problems in organizations and communities. In the future, I am looking to get involved in the nonprofit sector of education and may pursue teaching after graduation. I've always enjoyed each individual's ability to grow through the learning process and I firmly believe that an education is the most valuable gift one can give the next generation.

This semester, I am volunteering at an afterschool program where I am tutoring a middle school student in various subject areas.I am forever grateful to my personal ACT tutor for helping me get into the college of my dreams, so I definitely love to teach the ins and outs of that test. In addition to the ACT, math and English are my preferred subjects to teach.

My teaching style is highly flexible, depending on whichever way students tend to learn best! I just went through the whole process a few years ago so I understand the difficulties and the overwhelming nature of these standardized tests. I am positive that all students have the potential to rock these subjects and I'm looking forward to helping you through the learning process!

On a more personal level, I really enjoy reading, running, guitar, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Zac’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Vanderbilt University - Bachelors, Human and Organizational Development

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 31

ACT Reading: 33

ACT Science: 35

Hobbies

Reading, running, guitar, TV


Q & A

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

If my explanation of the subject is not getting through, I would turn to the infinite resources available on the internet. In my own experience, having multiple perspectives on the concept is extremely helpful and can allow for certain academic breakthroughs.

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

I would work through slowly and ask probing questions about the passage to eventually walk the student to the correct conclusion. Eventually, the students should internalize this strategy of breaking down the passage into its parts and will improve their comprehension skills.

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

I am a huge proponent of using practice problems as a minor diagnostic. I can learn a lot about the student's thought process and possible shortcomings just by the way they work through particular problems. From there, we can break down individual problems into their smaller pieces to truly understand the problems that are giving the student difficulty.

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

I think students gain confidence by getting tested at their level of knowledge. Testing students on material they know and slowly working their way up to the more challenging material would be a huge confidence booster.