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Stephan

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I love helping people! Whether it's learning math, writing, reading, etc. or playing sports, I really enjoy seeing other succeed via my assistance. I try to relate to students in whatever they enjoy and in doing so, apply concepts to our like interests to work through difficult subjects as well as to help foster a good, professional relationship. I have tutored several students in both math and English in the past and they have enjoyed resounding success and continue to reach out for my assistance. I look forward to working with and meeting many students and parents while helping them succeed in any way I can.

When I am not tutoring, I enjoy playing sports (golf, basketball, softball, volleyball), playing with my dog, and hanging out with my wife. In addition, I serve in the U.S. Navy as a meteorologist and oceanographer following my graduation at Penn State University with a BS in Meteorology. Finally, I am presently a student at MIT pursuing a Master's degree in Physical Oceanography.

Stephan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Penn State University - Bachelors, Meterorology

Graduate Degree: Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Current Grad Student, Chemical and Physical Oceanography

Hobbies

Sports, weather, dogs

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Science

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Writing

ACT Math

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Calculus AB

Arithmetic

Calculus

College Algebra

College English

College Essays

College Geography

Earth Science

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Environmental Science

Essay Editing

Geography

Geometry

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Quantitative

High School English

High School Geography

High School Writing

Homework Support

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Upper Level

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Non-Euclidean Geometry

Other

Pre-Algebra

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teaching my students the fundamentals and principles needed to teach themselves, leading to long-lasting improvements and near term success.

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

Get to know the student and have them ask me lots of questions too, but ultimately determine how I best help them through weak areas.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teach students principles as to how they can learn to teach themselves.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Grades and improved attitude by successful learning.

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

Try multiple ways to break through with them and possibly reach out to fellow tutors for guidance and assistance.

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

Read different passages with them and ask associated questions.

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

Using their homework and previous tests in order to see where they made mistakes or were struggling in the past in order to get to the root of the problem (for math).