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Kyle

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In my experience, everyone I have met is naturally curious and they enjoy finding things out. Unfortunately, with all the deadlines and the pressure that comes along school, many people start to see learning as a chore. As a teacher, I use my own enthusiasm to reignite and bolster my students' passion for learning.

I have been tutoring for over ten years now. I have taught many different subjects to people of various ages. I always enjoy meeting new students and delving into a subject with them. I have taught chemistry, programming, writing, SAT, and GRE, but my specialties are physics and math. I find these subjects particularly exciting, and in a world increasingly influenced by technology, I think it's important for people to understand them.

I am a graduate of The University of California, Berkeley. During my time there I received bachelor's degrees in Physics and Astrophysics, and did research on the formation and evolution of massive galaxies. In my spare time I do a fair amount of math and physics, but also love to read, write, play video games, watch movies, skateboard, play the piano and ukulele, rock climb, hike, and camp.

Kyle’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, Physics/Astrophysics

Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 162

GRE Verbal: 166

Hobbies

Reading, writing, skateboarding, snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing, playing/listening to music, and watching movies.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

2nd Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

4th Grade Math

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Calculus AB

Applied Mathematics

ASPIRE English

ASPIRE Math

ASPIRE Reading

ASPIRE Science

Astronomy

Astrophysics

Calculus

Calculus 2

Calculus 3

CLEP Calculus

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP Precalculus

College Algebra

College Physics

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Competition Math

Cosmology

Electromagnetism

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School Math

Geometry

Graduate Test Prep

GRE

GRE Quantitative

GRE Verbal

High School Chemistry

High School Physics

Homework Support

HSPT Math Prep

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Science

Multivariable Calculus

Newtonian Mechanics

Other

Physical Science

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Python

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Physics

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Verbal

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Special & General Relativity

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

STAAR EOC Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

The most important thing a teacher can do is to make learning fun and enjoyable. If you can accomplish that, school won't feel like work for the students, but something that they look forward to.

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

During the first session, I try to get to know my students a little better. We might talk about what they like to do outside of school, their learning style, and what it is that they would like some help with. That way I can adapt my teaching to fit their specific needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe the only way a student will become an independent learner is if they are excited about the topic they are learning. While teaching, I convey my own enthusiasm for the subject, and try to relate what they are learning to cool things in the real world.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I use a variety of methods to motivate students, including offering praise and encouragement, mixing up our activities so the session never feels stagnant or boring, and asking the student to set a goal for themselves and holding them accountable for achieving that goal.

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

I empathize with the student, letting them know that this is a very difficult concept to learn, but assuring them that it will make sense to them eventually. I think it helps to explain the concept in as many different ways as I can think of. Every explanation resonates differently with different people, so it is important to hit on many different ways of thinking about a problem.

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

The best thing I ever did for my own reading comprehension was learning how to paint mental pictures while I was learning. To help students develop this skill I like to tell them to imagine that they are a movie director, and they are making a movie based on the passage we are reading. As I read a passage out loud to them, I tell them to imagine what the scene in their movie is going to look like.