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Irina

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I am a personable and enthusiastic educator with more than a decade of tutoring and classroom teaching experience. I started as a peer tutor in high school and continued working as a tutor and Teaching Assistant in college. After receiving a degree in Biochemistry from NYU, I joined the Peace Corps, where I was assigned to teach high school Math, Science, and English. I loved teaching so much that I stayed to contiue teaching and tutoring even after my tour of service had ended.

Because of my extensive and varied experience, I am willing and able to teach students of all ages and learning styles.

Irina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Bachelors, Biochemistry

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 33

ACT Math: 31

ACT Reading: 35

SAT Composite: 1530

SAT Math: 730

SAT Verbal: 800

GRE: 337

GRE Quantitative: 167

GRE Verbal: 170

Hobbies

reading and running

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Algebra

Arithmetic

College English

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

ESL/ELL

GMAT

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Integrated Reasoning

GMAT Quantitative

GMAT Verbal

Graduate Test Prep

GRE

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Quantitative

GRE Verbal

High School English

Math

Middle School Math

Pre-Algebra

Quantitative Reasoning

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Test Prep


Q & A

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Demonstrate and explicitly teach both study skills and problem-solving strategies geared toward the subject. Repeat as necessary to reinforce good learning habits.

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

If a student is "not getting it," then a different approach is in order. I would bring in pictures, real-world items, videos, and interactive media to demonstrate different approaches to the topic.

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

Some methods involve the demonstration and use of comprehension strategies, such as story mapping, drawing pictures, and explicit vocabulary instruction.

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

Bring the student's outside interests into the lesson. Vary the techniques and strategies used. Relate the lesson to real-world situations to show its usefulness.

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

Always tailor the lesson to the student's current level of understanding. The beginning of the lesson should cover more basic material that the student has already mastered. By the end of the lesson, they will have gradually taken on more challenging problems which pushed their level of understanding forward.