# Damian

Certified Tutor

## Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Chicago - Current Undergrad, None

## Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1570

SAT Math: 800

SAT Verbal: 790

SAT Writing: 740

SAT Subject Test in Physics: 750

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 800

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry: 760

SAT Subject Test in World History: 770

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 770

## Hobbies

Urban Cycling

## Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

1st Grade Math

2nd Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

4th Grade Math

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

AP Economics

College English

Elementary School Math

High School English

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Tests Prep

What is your teaching philosophy?

If you don't get it then I'm explaining it wrong.

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

Before the first session, I'd have them do a bunch of practice problems on the subject they want to be tutored in, and I'd look over their answers to see what they need help with. I'd also ask them which problems they guessed on or weren't totally sure of. We could start from there.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Encourage them to Google examples of step-by-step solutions to the kind of problems they're working on.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Praise them when they make progress.

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

Think of a different way to explain it Think of examples Move on to the next skill/concept, and come back to the difficult one later Encourage them to think it over the next day and maybe Google step-by-step solutions, or find some on YouTube

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

Tell them to try reading the questions before reading the passage.

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

Have them explain how they tried to solve problems which they got wrong / guessed on / weren't sure of.

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

Math: link them to a documentary explaining how without math we'd still be cavemen.

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

Ask them to solve problems and explain why their answer is correct.

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

Praise progress. Socratic teaching. Doing 1 or 2 examples for them.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By having them do a bunch of problems, asking which ones they guessed on / weren't sure of, and checking which ones they got wrong.

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

By paying attention to what teaching style most engages them.

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

Examples and links.