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Soumith

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I am currently finishing up my undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. I am truly passionate about dance and am also on a hip-hop dance team on campus. Outside of that, I love good food, good books, and good company.

My first experience with tutoring others was when I was still in high school and was asked to help a few of my neighborhood kids with ACT prep. After successfully helping them improve their score, I realized that I actually loved teaching and continued to tutor other kids with the ACT and with math up to trigonometry. I have been tutored myself before and have learned a vast amount of tips in order to help my students succeed.

Soumith’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Current Undergrad, Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 35

ACT English: 36

ACT Math: 34

ACT Reading: 36

ACT Science: 35

SAT Math: 800

SAT Writing: 730

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 770

Hobbies

Dance, Music


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is to make sure that the student feels comfortable with the material before moving on.

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

I would try to get a first impression of the student's ability in the subject matter in order to see where to start.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would teach the student important studying tactics and test-taking strategies.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would make sure to use shorter study/teaching intervals, in order to keep the student interested and engaged.

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

I would try to see where the student is struggling and go back to the core concepts. I would make sure the student is truly proficient in these core concepts before attempting the more difficult skill or concept.

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

I would tell them to break down the passage into multiple parts, then read the questions before going back to the passage. After that, the student should try and answer the question on their own as best as possible before looking at the answer choices.

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

In a one-on-one environment, maintaining a friendly attitude is important. The student should be able to feel comfortable asking questions, especially when they are struggling with the material.