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Leticia

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I graduated from Boston University May 2015. I am currently a student at both Hunter College and City College, preparing to go to medical school. I have extensive tutoring experience, mostly with high school students. I am outgoing, nice, funny, and can explain concepts in an easy way.

I am apt in tutoring in Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and SAT. I believe that there is more to life than just studying and receiving good grades. Studying can become a burden when it gets complicated and difficult to understand and can get in the way of you just living. I am here to help you to make it less of a problem for you, and find your own unique method of studying to prevent studying from becoming such a nuisance.

Leticia’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Boston University - Bachelors, Biomedical Engineering

Test Scores

SAT Math: 800

SAT Writing: 770

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 800

SAT Subject Test in Physics: 760

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 800

Hobbies

rock climbing (just started), playing volleyball, cooking and baking, reading, traveling, hiking, shopping, movies, tv shows

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

Advanced Placement Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

American Sign Language

Biology

Biomedical Engineering

College Algebra

College Biology

General Chemistry

Geometry

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

REGENTS Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Physics

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Science

SHSAT Prep

Summer

Test Prep

Trigonometry


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

No one is not smart. Anyone can learn any concept; it is just the amount of dedication and desire to learn and internalize the concept that divides us.

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

I might ask you some questions like: -How do you study? -Do you like the subject you need tutored in? -Why am I, the tutor, here? etc... just to get know you better and then figure out how to start tutoring you.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Once the student begins to understand a concept, I will flip the role of student and tutor to have the student teach me the particular concept. This way, the student will begin to see that by knowing how to reciprocate knowledge, he will find his own way of learning.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

The most positive way to help a student stay motivated is to show how much progress he has made. Also, it is important to remind the student why they hired me as a tutor.

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

I would first try to relate the concept to an idea familiar to the student; maybe use drawings to help, or even look at videos to help the student visually understand the concept.

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

Reading comprehension is about focus, and this is hard. To help students who are struggling, I would suggest constant reading every chance they get, to help them get used to focusing on what they are reading.

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

Strategies that worked were those that involved a lot of interaction. When teaching, I would frequently ask: -Why? -How? -What if it does this instead of what the question is asking? That way, the student is more engaged in his work and will be pushed to understand deeper concepts.

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

When a student first starts to show he understands a concept, I will immediately point it out to boost self-confidence; emphasizing that he is able to do it but did not know how.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

The best way to know that a student has learned and understood the material is to ask the student to explain the concept back to me. But it is important that the student go as deep as he can, so that he can prove that he knows the concept thoroughly. Also, after that, to know he can apply the concept, he will have to be tested.

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

To build a student's confidence is to show the achievements the student has made. Also, by flipping the role of student and tutor, the student is put in a position of power, where the student has to explain the concept to me. This allows the student to become bold and, hopefully, boost his confidence in his knowledge and his skills to teach.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I try to understand what a student needs by asking questions, observing his behavior, his questions, and his ability to learn. By factoring in all of this, I would probably come up with a personalized way of teaching for the student.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

While I may be a tutor, I am not perfect. While I teach a student, the student might give me suggestions to how I should prepare for our next session. From that, I can incorporate that into other students' teaching methods.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I have had students provide the material before starting so that I know what the student needs to learn and will have to learn. From there I will find more information, questions, and other materials that will help the students.