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Brent

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As a professional homemaker with free time the idea of helping students achieve their academic goals appeals to me. I have extensive knowledge of biology; specifically biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology, as well as a good understanding of chemistry, history, and mathematics. My hobbies include reading and writing, animal care (I have a pet dog), hiking and fitness. Growing up with three younger siblings has given me the life experience necessary to understand and relate to younger generations.

I also understand the concerns of parents as I'm friends with many who have small children, and can relate to their concerns and experience while diplomatically explaining how best each particular child can achieve academic success.

Brent’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: American University - Bachelors, Biochemistry

Graduate Degree: New York University - Masters, Molecular Biology

Test Scores

GRE Analytical Writing: 5

Hobbies

Medicine, reading/writing, psychology, history, hiking, dogs, reading, cooking, fitness

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

AP Biology

ASPIRE Science

Biology

Cell Biology

College Biology

Developmental Biology

Earth Science

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

High School

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

Microbiology

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Science

Summer

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Each child is unique, requiring individualized and custom tailored approaches to get them where they want to be.

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

Review their goals for our time together, their strengths and weaknesses and create a strategy for our sessions based on that information.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Review study strategies, like note taking and test preparation as well as common test modalities, short answer, true/false and multiple choice. Organizational skills are also key, as is time management and how to organize notebooks/binders for each subject.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Strategize to their strengths, reiterate their accomplishments, and celebrate progress we make over time.

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

Try different approaches to learning. Some students are better visually, some learn better by writing things out, and some by listening to lectures or by reading independent literature on the subject that is fascinating on its own.

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

Discuss short stories and their themes, or perhaps the theme of their favorite fiction book and how you derive it from the text.

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

Identify their strengths and weaknesses as well as their goals for our time together, and use that information to plot the session and create a map going forward.

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

Demonstrate how it could be useful in real life, or how one could theoretically use it in a career/business situation.

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

Discussion, Q&A, practice tests, homework review & making sure the student knows how to take notes properly, as well as how to approach studying.

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

Practice, practice, practice. Start easy, and then build up to more challenging material.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By listening to them, carefully.

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

Focus on achieving their goals while helping them develop strategies that play to their strengths and mitigate their weaknesses.

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

Homework, old tests, their text books & notes, internet videos and free practice tests...