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Brian

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I am a post-baccalaureate student at The University of Pennsylvania. I graduated from St. John's College with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, which breaks down into a double major in the History of Math and Science, and Philosophy, and a double major in Classical Studies and Comparative Literature. I am currently taking pre-requisite classes in Math and Physics in order to go to graduate school for High Energy Physics. While working towards this, I have tutored Calculus 1 through Calculus 4 at the University of Pennsylvania. These courses cover topics ranging from Multi-Variable Calculus and Linear Algebra to Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations. Privately I tutor a wider range of Mathematics as well as some Standardized Test Preparation. The subjects that I am most passionate about are Physics, Mathematics, and Philosophy. My favorite subjects to tutor are Integral Calculus, Infinite Series, and Partial Differential Equations, because problems in these subjects often require a significant amount of ingenuity and cleverness. I love tutoring because I think that figuring out a problem that was extremely difficult is one of the most rewarding and pleasing things that one can do, and I like to help others achieve this end. With this is mind, I think that it is absolutely crucial to teach a student how to think about a particular topic or kind of problem in general, instead of teaching them how to solve a particular problem. The problems must be used as examples of a more general method. Outside of tutoring, I like skiing, swimming, and reading fiction novels.

Brian’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: St John's College - Bachelor in Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences

Test Scores

ACT Math: 31

GRE Quantitative: 169

GRE Verbal: 166

GRE Analytical Writing: 6

Hobbies

Skiing, Swimming, Physics, Philosophy


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Every student learns in a slightly different way and it is crucial to determine what ways a student learns best. Then I am able to be able to cater to him or her. It is better to help the student learn how to think about something, than to teach them how to do a particular problem.

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

I like to begin by asking the student what level of familiarity or background knowledge they have with the subject. This helps to determine where exactly we need to begin. Ordinarily, I then go on to discuss with the student the ways in which they learn the most effectively, so as to determine the best organization of future sessions. After this, I usually try to get a general grasp of the aspects of the subject that they are struggling with. This usually takes up about 30 minutes. The rest of the session I like to spend discussing actual problems. I usually proceed by asking the student how they would approach the problem. If they approach it in a way that I think is appropriate, then I will critique them and provide advice. If they approach it in a way that I think is not appropriate, then I will go through the way that I would approach the problem, and then ask them if they can apply the same method to a similar problem. I like to spend the end of the tutoring session telling the student how to prepare for the next session: what to review, what to study, etc.